Lakers Advised to Target 12-Year Veteran Center in Free Agency

The Los Angeles Lakers entered the offseason a little early, meaning they have plenty of time to get things done. The front office will be looking for players who will contribute to the game. Russell Westbrook is still a Laker and this may not change in the upcoming season. Darvin Ham seems to have built a good relationship with the veteran and the Westbrook saga may be brought to an end sooner than expected. The Lakers have received several tips on how to fix their roster and NBA reporter Ben Stinar advised the Lakers to get a veteran center in free agency.

According to Stinar, Greg Monroe could be the right person to join the Lakers. The veteran is still looking for a strong contract and LA needs a big man in case Anthony Davis suffers more injuries.

Lakers front office to get the best of the center if they sign him in free agency

In 2021, Monroe finished 59.1% of his looks around the rim. He did 18.1% of available defensive rebounds from the bench. The 32-year-old may not be in his prime, but his screening ability could secure him a deal in the NBA. His low-post game and effort on the glass make him a valuable player for any team, including the Lakers.

Lakers players sustained a lot of injuries this past season and Ham will need nice depth. Former Lakers head coach Frank Vogel had to come up with a different lineup every other night. That’s why the Lakers need backup players in case LeBron James and AD miss time again.

“The Lakers do not have any cap space, so they have to find bargain deals to help out their roster, and Monroe averaged 5.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists last season playing for the Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Washington Wizards and Utah Jazz,” Stinar wrote, “Monroe has a career shooting percentage of over 51%, and he can hit down mid-range jump shots. There is no question that he would be a good pickup for the Lakers off the bench or another team led by veterans that could use depth off the bench.”