The Lakers don’t currently have a roster spot seeing as they signed Shawne Williams to a 10-day contract last week, and when the second-time Laker sees his contract expire, the team probably won’t re-sign him until after the February 20 trade deadline, if at all.
Instead, the purple and gold may give someone else a shot.
According to Hoops Rumors, the Lakers have interest in forward Mike Harris, a 30-year-old player who is currently tearing it up in China.
Harris registered 55 points and 17 rebounds on Sunday, according to the report, and he’s averaging 32.5 points and 15.5 rebounds per game while shooting 45 percent from three-point range. You can see why the Lakers could be interested in giving this guy a contract, even though at 30 his potential is likely lower than most young players.
Still, during this kind of year where there’s nothing to lose, signing a guy like Harris to a 10-day deal or even for the rest of the season would be a low-risk move.
Don’t expect the Lakers to fill that upcoming empty roster spot until after the trade deadline, though: The extra space could turn out to be the difference in pulling off a deal with another team.
Even if L.A. do decide to sign Harris, they’ll likely have a fight on their hands for his services: The Bulls, Kings and Jazz – who cut him earlier this season – have also shown interest in the Texas native, according to the report.