Reported Celtics Target Thomas Bryant To Sign With Lakers

It’s been less than a week since Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics embarked on their offseason master plan to defend the C’s Eastern Conference title in hopes of a 18th title next season.

However, a potential Celtics off-season target, free agent Thomas Bryant, is now off the board. According to ESPN, center Thomas Bryant and the Lakers have agreed on a one-year contract for the league veteran’s minimum salary.

It’s been a busy summer for Stevens and the Celtics so far. Just five days ago, Boston reportedly acquired both Danilo Gallinari and Malcolm Brogdon. They are expected to speak next season alongside Ime Udoka’s Kern, who fell three wins short of Boston’s first NBA title since the “Big Three” era of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett.

Last season, Bryant averaged 7.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game in 27 games as a Washington Wizard. It’s worth noting that Bryant suffered a cruciate ligament rupture in 2021, which sidelined him for the remainder of that season. That gives him a total of 37 games played in his last two NBA seasons.

In 2020, Bryant put in an impressive performance against Boston. He scored 26 points, grabbed nine rebounds and shot 66.7% from the field (up-11) en route to a 96-90 win in Washington.

Given the price, the 6-foot-10 tall man could have been an affordable yet effective addition to the Boston forecourt.

According to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, Bryant, 24, had collected “significant” interest by Brad Stevens and the Celtics front office. However, the prospective sixth-grader has decided to take his talents back to where his NBA career began – at Boston’s most historic rival for the title.

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