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Report: Celtics pose threat to Lakers’ attempts at Thomas Bryant reunion

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The NBA’s free agency period is one of the most exciting times to be a basketball fan. Despite the fact there is zero on-court action taking place, Twitter feeds are kept filled to the brim. Surprising changes of scenery, superstar signings and massive contracts keep fans entertained all summer. For teams already in contention and/or armed with top talent, like the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics, free agency is a little less flashy.

Teams like L.A. and Boston are focused on improving their rotation and providing that extra ‘umph’ where needed on the roster. With similar goals in mind, it’s no surprise that the two teams may focus on the same player. Situations like that is precisely how free agent center Thomas Bryant got caught between the two rivals.

Bryant is receiving significant interest from both the Lakers and the Celtics, and is expected to make his free agency decision later today, per Chris Haynes.

Bryant fits the bill of a rotational big man for a contending roster. His talent comes at a lower price than big-name centers, and he’s yet to get an opportunity with a championship-caliber team.

The Lakers brought Bryant into the league back in 2017. He played just 15 games in the purple and gold before being shipped off to the Washington Wizards in his sophomore season.

Coming off an ACL injury which sidelined him for most of the 2021 season, Bryant put up 7.4 points and 4 rebounds for Washington this year. He recorded an efficient 56.1% effective field goal percentage. Bryant’s stats don’t blow anyone’s mind, but he could fit in nicely with a contending roster.

L.A. seems poised to bring their old rookie home, but the Celtics could make a tempting offer to pull him away.