The Los Angeles Lakers seem to have a fairly full roster, with 18 players heading into training camp. However, the team may be interested in adding another veteran to that mix, according to Darren Wolfson of ESPN.
Wolfson reported on Saturday that the Lakers are one of several teams interested in journeyman forward Carl Landry, with the Rockets, Spurs, and Pacers also in the mix (h/t Honi Ahmadian of Lakers Outsiders). Landry appeared in 36 games for the Philadelphia 76ers last season, averaging 9.8 points and 4.1 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per game.
Landry would be a weird addition for the Lakers for a few reasons. The nine-year veteran plays almost exclusively at power forward, a position the Lakers already have two promising young players in Larry Nance, Jr. and Julius Randle requiring minutes at.
In addition to those two, the Lakers may also want to give Yi Jianlian (although he’ll likely mostly play the five), Brandon Ingram (in limited bursts in the right match-ups) and Luol Deng (who was most effective at the four last year) power forward minutes this season.
Finally, the Lakers already have 16 guys on their roster with at least some guaranteed money (including Zach Auguste, who might also play some four if not used exclusively as a small-ball center or in the D-League). Landry is a respected veteran, but if the Lakers sign him, it would mostly be as a good locker room guy and a break glass in case of emergency option.