NBA Free Agency rumors: Thomas Bryant ‘is in no rush’ to choose between Lakers and Raptors

Free agent Thomas Bryant is reportedly keeping the Lakers on hold while waiting to make his final decision on which team he wants to sign with in the NBA free agency this summer. According to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles TimesThe Lakers offered Bryant a veteran’s minimum contract, but the 24-year-old is also considering the Toronto Raptors, who have also expressed an interest in signing him.

Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes also linked Bryant to the Celtics earlier in the day.

Bryant, who started his career with purple and gold, is one of the few great men left in the free agency market. He’s coming off a season averaging 7.4 points and 4 rebounds per game along with 52% shooting from the field for the Washington Wizards. The main concern for Bryant is his injury history, having recently recovered from a cruciate ligament rupture he sustained two seasons ago.

Potential injury issues aside, however, Bryant would be an ideal fit for this current Lakers roster, which badly needs a stretch of five and more up and down in middle position. The 42nd overall pick of the 2017 draft has proven his ability to hit off-color knights, score efficiently on the inside, and be useful on defense.

With two spots left to fill their roster, it’s no surprise that the Lakers can only offer Bryant the minimum offering of a veteran. So it’s hard to blame the center for taking the time to return to the Lakers. Both Los Angeles and Toronto would likely make extensive use of Bryant’s service. Wherever he goes, he has an opportunity to redeem his worth and if he plays well, potentially make money next summer.

But the most appealing part of the Lakers’ offering is the opportunity to compete for a championship. If, of course, everything is in the right place for Los Angeles. If Bryant signs with the Lakers, it will be his first time playing in a prospective championship contender. We’ll see if that’s enough to affect him over the next few hours and days.

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