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The Los Angeles Lakers have trained several veteran free agents this summer, including Jeremy Lamb, Shabazz Muhammad, Dwayne Bacon and Miye Oni, according to Michael Scotto by HoopsHype.
The news isn’t necessarily a surprise, as the Lakers are looking to add depth and sign minimum deals with some players.
Here’s a better look at LA’s current depth chart and why they might use some depth in the future:
PG: Russell Westbrook, Dennis Schröder
OS: Patrick Beverley, Kendrick Nunn, Lonnie Walker IV
FS: LeBron James, Austin Reaves, Troy Brown Jr.
PF: Anthony Davis, Juan Toscano-Anderson
VS : Thomas Bryant, Damian Jones, Wenyen Gabriel
Lamb, a shooter/small forward, spent the 2021-22 campaign with the Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings. He averaged 7.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 56 games while shooting 38.3% from the floor and 32.4% from deep.
The Houston Rockets selected Lamb 12th overall in the 2012 NBA Draft. However, he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of the James Harden deal and spent the first three seasons of his career with the franchise.
Lamb then spent four seasons with the Charlotte Hornets before joining the Pacers. His best season came in 2018-19 averaging 15.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.1 steals in 79 games with the Hornets.
Muhammad, a small forward/shooting guard, hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2017-18 campaign. He was selected by the Utah Jazz 14th overall in the 2013 NBA draft before being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, with whom he spent the first four and a half seasons of his career.
The 29-year-old also played for the Milwaukee Bucks.
During the 2017-18 season split between the Timberwolves and Bucks, Muhammad averaged 5.0 points and 1.8 rebounds in 43 games.
Since leaving the NBA, Muhammad has played for the Shanxi Brave Dragons, Shenzhen Aviators, Grand Rapids Gold and most recently the San Miguel Beermen.
Bacon, a shooting guard, was selected in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Pelicans. However, he spent the first three seasons of his career with the Hornets before spending the 2020-21 campaign with the Orlando Magic.
In 72 games with the Magic in 2020-21, Bacon averaged 10.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists while shooting 40.2% from the floor and 28.5% from deep.
Bacon spent the 2021-22 campaign with AS Monaco Basket.
Oni, a shooter/small forward, spent the last three seasons of his career with the Utah Jazz. He has only appeared in 80 career games for the franchise.