The Lakers have an abundance of young talent littered around their roster with Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr., Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Ivica Zubac and more.
One thing that they are missing though is a veteran presence in the locker room, so we don’t have any more Snapchat controversies you know?
They have found some, along with some depth at the center position in former No. 1 pick Andrew Bogut.
As was first reported by Shams Charania of The Vertical Monday night, the Lakers have agreed to a one-year deal with Bogut and the contract is reportedly partially guaranteed as the veteran center is coming off of a lower leg injury suffered in his first minute of action with the Cavaliers.
Free agent center Andrew Bogut has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, agent David Bauman of ISE tells The Vertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 19, 2017
Bogut's deal with Lakers is partially guaranteed, but obviously they're planning on him being a big part of the team.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) September 19, 2017
This signing makes perfect sense for the Lakers as it helps them improve and mature this season but does not alter their ability or flexibility to go all in on free agency next summer whatsoever.
Bogut will be reunited with Lakers Head Coach and former Warriors Assistant Luke Walton and Lonzo Ball will enjoy the fruits of Bogut’s labor as one of the masters of the art of the illegal screen.