The Lakers will want to consider adding a big man while Anthony Davis remains out with his calf injury.
Now the attention turns toward filling that void at center. Marc Gasol got the start Thursday night, but only managed to score eight points in 20 minutes.
The Lakers do have talented forwards in Montrezl Harrell and Markieff Morris, but adding a true center could go a long way in stabilizing the team until Davis can return. Several options stand out including a group of free agents and one player who may not be on his current team for much longer.
Where can the Lakers find help to survive while Anthony Davis is out?
4. Sign Dewayne Dedmon
Dewayne Dedmon remains without a team after being waived by the Detroit Pistons back in November. The 31-year-old is a 7-footer who has had flashes of success during a career that began with the Golden State Warriors back in 2013.
Dedmon has a career average of six rebounds per game and averages nearly 6.5 points per game. He is someone the Lakers can get on the floor for 15-20 minutes per game to maintain that defensive presence when Gasol is on the bench.
The veteran center should be drawing plenty of interest and the Lakers would have to act fast to sign him. This would be a low-cost move and if he didn’t fit in, the team would not sink. Dedmon should also show up plenty motivated if he got a chance to prove he belongs on a championship-level team.