The Los Angeles Lakers are looking for additional frontcourt talent in free agency, but they've also decided to hold onto some of the depth left behind. The Lakers will pick up the $981,348 team option on the final year of Robert Sacre's contract, reports Shams Charania of Real GM.
In June it was reported the Lakers' plan was to retain Sacre going forward. He's a capable end-of-the-bench big who comes at a price tag the Lakers essentially couldn't refuse. For less than $1 million they'll hold on to a big man without any health problems that can soak minutes, grab a few boards and is mobile on defense.
The Lakers also reached out to Jordan Hill and Ed Davis once free agency began, but both players could find themselves with contracts above what LA is willing or capable of offering. Sacre provides cheap insurance at center while the front office looks elsewhere for additional help.
Robert Sacre, the 60th pick of the 2012 NBA Draft, will continue his time with the Lakers. With a flashy playmaking point guard like D'Angelo Russell on the way, he'll have plenty of chances to provide the sideline celebrations that have made him a favorite among Lakers fans.