The Lakers have agreed to sign free agent forward Brandon Bass.
After an ineffective start to free agency in July, getting turned down by the likes of LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre Jordan and Greg Monroe, the Lakers have rebounded with a pending trade for Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert and agreements with Toronto Raptors free agent Lou Williams and now Bass.
Last season, the 6-foot-8, 30-year-old power forward averaged 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds a game for the Boston Celtics.
The Lakers have committed their available salary cap space to acquire Hibbert and Williams. Unless the team can clear additional room by trading away players such as Nick Young or Ryan Kelly, Bass may be signing for the team’s “room exception” of $2.8 million.
The terms of Bass’ deal have not been an announced. The NBA is in its annual moratorium, preventing most contracts and all trades from being executed until July 9.
General Manager Mitch Kupchak acknowledged only that the team has entered into negotiations with both Bass and Williams.
Once the Lakers use up their cap space and room exception, they can still sign players at the NBA minimum.