Los Angeles Lakers sign center Thomas Bryant; sources say 1-year deal

Free-agent center Thomas Bryant has signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, the team announced Wednesday.

Terms of the contract were not released, but sources confirmed with ESPN's Dave McMenamin that it's a one-year deal for the veterans minimum.

Bryant was originally drafted by the Lakers in the second round of the 2017 draft, but he was waived after a rookie season that saw him play in only 52 games. He gives this Lakers team more frontcourt depth and a starting-caliber center to pair alongside Anthony Davis.

Bryant, who will turn 25 on July 31, played a combined 37 games over the past two seasons after a torn ACL cost him most of the 2020-21 and 2021-22 campaigns with the Washington Wizards.

A five-year pro, Bryant has career averages of 10.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game and has established himself as a productive offensive big man since getting extended playing time in Washington.

The 6-foot-10 center averaged 13.2 points and 7.2 rebounds in 46 games during the 2019-20 season, his best year as a pro, before the knee injury took away most of the past two seasons.

Yahoo Sports first reported Bryant's deal with the Lakers.

ESPN's Tim Bontemps contributed to this report.