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A new center opportunity appeared, Rob Pelinka could lose it to Sacramento

By James Brown

The center free agency market has gotten more interesting for the Lakers with new options available, including a former Purple and Gold champion

The center free agency market has gotten more interesting for the Lakers with new options available, including a former Purple and Gold champion

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The 2023 NBA offseason has been prolific for the Lakers, with GM Rob Pelinka and head coach Darvin Ham making most of their priority moves in the first days of the free agency market.

Pelinka re-signed to bring back Austin Reaves, Rui Hachimura and D'Angelo Russell also made new signings to fill at the moment 13 out of the 15 team's roster. With information via NBA insider Jovan Buha, the Lakers organization is planning to leave the 15th spot available to use it further in the regular season and now has only the 14th spot open for a big man.

Pelinka is "actively" looking for a new center but the free agency market on bigs was running thing and the two top options were Christian Wood and Bismack Biyombo, but yesterday A new opportunity opened up with a purple and gold familiar face, the Dallas Mavericks officially waived JaVale McGee.

McGee was just cut by the Mavs following a single year of serve, and is already attracting interest from a feisty West playoff competitor, but isn't the Lakers. The Sacramento Kings could steal the option for Pelinka to bring back JaVale to LA. the Bleacher Reprot's Chris Haynes sources have the Kings, last year's No. 3 seed in the West, interested in adding the seven-footer to shore up their front line.

What is against JaVale McGee's return to LA

He's lost some of his athleticism and bounce in his dotage but might be worth a flyer on a veteran's minimum. Los Angeles has reportedly been on the prowl for a big man to sign to its 14th standard roster spot. Team president/GM Rob Pelinka has inked former lottery picks Cam Reddish and Jaxson Hayes to minimum-salaried "prove-it" contracts, so one wonders if he'd be more inclined to sign a younger player with some remaining upside, rather than a vet in decline.

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