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Lakers free agency: Robert Sacre receives qualifying offer from Lakers

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The Lakers have made a qualifying offer to Robert Sacre, bench hype man extraordinaire.

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The Los Angeles Lakers have made a qualifying offer to center Robert Sacre, making him a restricted free agent in the process, the team announced in an official press release. The qualifying offer for Sacre is $988,872.

Sacre was the last pick (60) in the 2012 NBA Draft. The seven footer appeared in 32 games (three starts) through his rookie season. He averaged 1.3 points and 1.1 rebounds per game in the 203 minutes he played total through 2012-2013.

While he didn't get much of a chance to play, his activity on the bench earned him recognition early in the season. His celebrations from the sidelines created this viral video from our friends in Australia, Believe The Hype:

If he does accept the offer from Los Angeles, they will have signed their reserve big man behind Dwight Howard (should he return), Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill'for under $1 million. With the limited options they have to offer players in free agency, retaining Sacre on a bargain could be the most cost efficient option for L.A. that deep in their depth chart.

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