The Los Angeles Lakers have joined the race for veteran center JaVale McGee, reports today have revealed.
According to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, the Lakers are now considered frontrunners to sign the former first round pick alongside big the man-needy Dallas Mavericks.
With the Lakers having already traded for one veteran center, Roy Hibbert, this offseason, interest in McGee comes slightly out of left field but it looks like the famous franchise are trying their up most to boost roster depth at this stage of the summer.
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McGee has struggled with injury over the past couple of seasons but the talented 27-year-old has shown enough flashes of talent during his seven year NBA career to suggest he could still be an upside signing.
Although the Lakers have Hibbert on board, behind the former Indiana Pacers the Los Angeles franchise is lacking a little in depth. The uninspiring Robert Sacre and Tarick Black are currently the men likely to provide back up.
If the Lakers' interest in McGee is serious they will have to convince him that they offer a better option than the Dallas Mavericks, however.
With the Mavs still in need of big man help after DeAndre Jordan's shock u-turn earlier this offseason they could probably guarantee McGee more minutes ahead of the 2015-16 NBA season.
JaVale McGee has played 382 games in the NBA and averages 8.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
Lakers fans: Would McGee be a good signing, and where does the team have to improve most? Have your say in the comments below...