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Los Angeles Lakers Free Agency: 10 Available Free Agent Centers

Ten Most Likely Available Free Agent Centers

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Robert Sacre remains the lone true center on the Los Angeles Lakers 13-man roster. With two open spots, Mitch Kupchak is probably considering adding one more big man. So, in order of least to most likely; here are ten options he could consider. Again, these are ordered in terms of likeliness, not quality.

10. Greg Monroe

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10. Greg Monroe

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Monroe is in the middle of contract negotiations gone sour. While he would instantly make the Lakers significantly better up front, he’s just not attainable. If he signs a qualifying offer to become an unrestricted free agent next season, Monroe would be atop several teams’ lists of targets.

9. Andrew Bynum

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9. Andrew Bynum

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Lakers fans everywhere reading this might have had to resist the urge to throw their computers. Others might be thinking to themselves “hey, maybe he could come back and get back to former productivity.” He won’t. He’s reportedly interested in returning to the Lakers. Hopefully, the interest is not mutual.

8. Andris Biedrins

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8. Andris Biedrins

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It’s astonishing how quickly and how far Biedrins has fallen since playing a vital role in Golden State’s playoff upset of the Dallas Mavericks only seven seasons ago. He’s played hardly any minutes over the last few years and would be a serious reclamation project. I just don’t see him regaining even a fraction of his prior productivity, a sentiment the Lakers probably share.

7. Emeka Okafor

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7. Emeka Okafor

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Okafor has struggled to stay healthy over the last few seasons -- he did not play at all last year. He is considering a return to the NBA, but would only do so during the season. He’s probably waiting so that he’d be healthy at the right time and to see where he’d have the best chance to win. The Lakers will not have enough cap room to bring him in but he would be an upgrade defensively.

6. Marcus Camby

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6. Marcus Camby

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It’s time for fans everywhere to say “Holy cow Marcus Camby still wants to play!” He apparently does, but it’s hard to imagine he’d be too productive at his advanced age -- he’d enter the season at 40 years old and turn 41 in March.

5. Jermaine O'Neal

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5. Jermaine O'Neal

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O’Neal is recovering from a devastating knee injury last season but played an important role for the Golden State Warriors before going down. He is reportedly interesting in continue his career so it could be worthwhile to see if he could stay healthy. As he hasn’t been able to, and seeing as he’d probably want to play for a title contender, the odds aren’t particularly high.

4. Jason Collins

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4. Jason Collins

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Collins is widely known as one of the NBA’s most professional players and best teammates overall. He’d be a great addition to the Lakers as both a player and mentor for younger guys like Jordan Hill and Julius Randle. Collins is at the tail end of his career, though, so would probably only consider playing for title contenders but, if not, he would be a perfect fit for the roster.

3. Nazr Mohammed

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3. Nazr Mohammed

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I spent way too much time trying to see if the Bulls had re-signed Mohammed yet, but it doesn’t look like it. Though I wouldn’t be shocked if he was signed while I was writing the article. Mohammed would immediately become the best defensive center on the roster and provide rim protection the Lakers are definitely lacking. Again, and I hope you’re noticing a trend here, Mohammed is probably looking for a proven title contender, though.

2. Ryan Hollins

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2. Ryan Hollins

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Hollins played at UCLA and has spent the last two seasons playing for the Clippers. He reportedly loves the area and would be a great addition athletically. He would compete with Robert Sacre for backup center minutes and would probably welcome the opportunity to remain in Los Angeles. He’s also fairly young, though it was fairly shocking to see he’s already played seven seasons.

1. Greg Stiemsma

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1. Greg Stiemsma

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Steimsma is nowhere near the most recognizable name on the list but is probably the most likely to join the team. He reportedly worked out for the Lakers earlier this week and has played decently in a backup center role. Again, he’d probably compete with Robert Sacre for those minutes and might not even win that competition. He would be a cheap, low-risk signing and, as such, fits the exact requirements the Lakers are looking for.

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