Former IU basketball star Thomas Bryant will sign with the Lakers according to report

Former IU basketball big man Thomas Bryant is going to return to where his NBA career started.

According to a report by Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports, the free agent center will sign with the Los Angeles Lakers and be given the opportunity to win the starting job.  The New York product will join LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the West Coast on what could be an NBA title contender.

Bryant has spent the last four seasons with Washington after beginning his career with the Lakers in 2017-18.

After suffering a torn ACL during the 2020-21 season, Bryant returned to the floor in 2022 and appeared in 27 games.  He was experiencing his best statistical season prior to the knee injury, averaging 14.3 points while shooting 43 percent from three.

For his career, Bryant is averaging 10.2 points and 5.7 rebounds in 20.1 minutes per contest while shooting 59 percent from the field.

Bryant was a second round draft choice in 2017 after spending two seasons at Indiana.  A two-time third-team All-Big Ten selection, Bryant is Indiana’s all-time and single season leader in field goal percentage (59.2 and 68.3, respectively).

As a freshman at IU, his 15 points in the second half led the Hoosiers to a 73-67 win over No. 10 Kentucky in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Bryant signed a three-year, $25 million deal with Washington in 2019.

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