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The Lakers possible center backup plan has signed with the Cavaliers

By James Brown

The Lakers went with Christian Wood for their center backup role, but they could've gone in a different direction

The Lakers went with Christian Wood for their center backup role, but they could've gone in a different direction

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In the end, everything panned out for the Lakers like they were hoping to do thanks to the signing of Christian Wood, who despite his bad rep for being hard to work with, was the best option available in the free agent market for LA.

But now it has been revealed the backup center the Lakers had in mind if Wood hadn't accepted the veteran minimum deal with the team. It has now been speculated that the Lakers signed Wood as their primary target, but that they had a backup plan in case they couldn't secure him.

Tristan Thompson may have been the Lakers' backup plan for Wood, as he re-signed with the Cavaliers shortly after Christian's signing with LA. Tristan Thompson was one of the latest acquisitions for the Purple and gold last season, more specifically at the postseason run.

Now that the Lakers have found its big man in Wood, Tristan Thompson moved on and signed a deal to return to his previous home The Cleveland Cavaliers, the team where he first was teammates with LeBron James.

Christian Wood's role with the team will be important

According to reports by NBA insider Jovan Buha, Christian Wood won't be starting as Anthony Davis will keep his role as center for the most part, making Rui Hachimura the starter. But Wood will probably be the first substitute for AD and will have significant minutes in LA.  


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