The Los Angeles Lakers are clearly hoping Damian Jones solves some of their Anthony Davis problem. A report coming from ESPN’s main NBA reporting guru states that the center has inked yet another 10-day deal with the famed Purple and Gold.
The proof, my friends, is in the tweet:
The Lakers intend to sign center Damian Jones to a second 10-day contract on Thursday, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 10, 2021
As Woj mentions, this is actually the second 10-day Damian Jones has signed with the Lakers. All of this, of course, is due to the fact that LeBron James and company need someone — even if a rotating grouping of people — to fill the hole left by Anthony Davis being out with injury.
A Vanderbilt talent who went No. 30 overall in the 2016 NBA Draft, he’s seen limited time during his first 10-day deal with the Lakers. That being said, Jones is a good rotational value, as he’s a career 66 percent shooter from the floor, and he’s career per-36 minutes rebound tallies is set at 7.8 rebounds per game. He’s also (cough) a two-time NBA champion.
The Lakers facing injuries, then having to deal with them, is nothing new, even if it involves Anthony Davis. Every team in the league is forced to make such adjustments. The good news for Damian Jones, though, is that he’s now on his second 10-day deal with a team contending for a trip to the NBA Finals. If he continues to earn time on the floor, and possibly a rest of the season contract, it’ll boost his value in the offseason.
Nonetheless, no one is actually expecting Damian Jones to literally replace Anthony Davis for the Lakers. It is simply a bit of a platoon approach, while adding depth, that could potentially help Los Angeles as the season gets longer in the tooth. If it doesn’t work out, the franchise can simply not re-up the center when his second 10-day deal is done.
No risk. All reward.