Thomas Bryant Agrees to 1-Year Contract, Expected to Start at Center

Thomas Bryant, a free agency centre, and the Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a one-year contract, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Bryant will have the opportunity to start for the club as the centre, according to Haynes. The 24-year-old played with the Washington Wizards for the previous four seasons,

but because to injuries, he was only able to play in 83 games in the previous three seasons and just 37 games in the previous two.

Most notably, he missed the majority of the 2021–22 season and the second half of the 2020–21 season due to a partially torn ACL.

In 27 games last season, Bryant averaged 7.4 points and 4.0 rebounds while shooting 52.0 percent from the field. He played for the majority of that period on a minute restriction before joining Daniel Gafford and Montrezl Harrell in a strong Wizards frontcourt.

Bryant was occasionally the odd man out of the starting lineup. Given that Gafford had a long-term contract deal, Bryant's chances of getting back into a starting position in Washington appeared slim

With the Indiana native sitting on the bench, the Wizards frequently outperformed their opponents on both ends of the floor. Since he entered free agency, a change of scenery—on a short-term contract—seemed nearly inevitable.

The Lakers are hoping that a new team and more time to recover from the knee injury will allow Bryant to get back to being the promising young centre he once was.

In a centre rotation that also features Damian Jones, who signed a one-year contract earlier this offseason, Bryant will fight for the starting job.