The Los Angeles Lakers are interested in Memphis Grizzlies backup center Kosta Koufos, according to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders. Koufos averaged 5.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in 16.6 minutes per game (11.2 points and 11.4 rebounds per-36 minutes) while coming off of the bench behind Marc Gasol for the Grizzlies in the 2014-15 season. Kennedy notes that Koufos will likely have to delay his decision in free agency until higher profile free agents make their decisions, such as LaMarcus Aldridge, who will meet with the Lakers for a second time Thursday afternoon.
If the Lakers were to sign Koufos, it would be the second consecutive offseason in which the front office signed a Grizzlies backup center to round out its big men rotation, after signing Ed Davis last summer. Davis agreed to a 3-year, $20 million deal with with the Portland Trail Blazers earlier on Thursday as the market for serviceable 7-footers continues to dry up, which could be a possible reason for the Lakers moving to register their interest in Koufos.
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