The Los Angeles Lakers are looking for guys to fill out some bench depth and maybe looking for players who can inject some energy into the team.
The Lakers are playing some really good basketball right now, but they have lost Brandon Ingram for at least a week with a groin strain so they added a little depth and insurance.
The Lakers plan to sign forward Derrick Williams to a 10-day contract today, league sources tell Yahoo. Williams, the former No. 2 overall pick, played in China this season.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 9, 2018
Derrick Williams played for Tianjin of the Chinese League and showed he still has something to offer, averaging 20 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
Williams was the former number two overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2011 draft, but he never lived up to the expectations that came with being drafted that high.
His best year in the league came at the age of 21 with the Timberwolves where he put up 12 points and five rebounds per game. After playing three years with the Wolves, he bounced around the NBA with his last team being the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016-17.
With the Ingram injury and the Lakers bench not having a lot of depth, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Williams get a lot of runs. He can still score and is a big hustle guy, but he doesn’t have a great jump shot and most of his scoring will come inside the paint, or at least real close to it.
If the Lakers want to continue their hot ways they are going to need Williams or someone else on the team to really step up big in the coming week.