The Los Angeles Lakers are continuing to make changes to their roster as the NBA trade deadline approaches.

The latest move for the Lakers was to trade center Thomas Bryant to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Davon Reed and three second-round picks.

Photo of Thomas Bryant
Photo of Thomas Bryant / Credits to Getty Images

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers will receive Denver’s second-round picks in 2025, 2026 and 2029.

Bryant signed a one-year deal with the Lakers prior to the start of the current season, and in 41 appearances, he averaged 12.1 points and 6.8 rebounds in 21.4 minutes per game.

He will provide the Nuggets with a solid center option behind Nikola Jokic, who is a two-time NBA MVP.

Bryant, who has become unhappy with his role in L.A., asked the Lakers to find him a better situation, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.

With Bryant playing for a contract this season, it was important for him to play as much as possible to showcase his abilities.

The Lakers, who were unlikely to re-sign him in the offseason due to financial constraints, decided to trade him for value instead of losing him for nothing.

The trade will open up more minutes in the frontcourt for new addition Jarred Vanderbilt and Wenyen Gabriel.

It also means that Anthony Davis will likely be spending more time at the center spot, which he has been reluctant to do in the past.

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The impact of Reed on the Lakers is yet to be seen, as he has appeared in 35 games for the Nuggets this season and averaged 2.3 points and 1.3 rebounds in nine minutes per game.

The Lakers are continuing to make changes to their roster ahead of the trade deadline, and this latest trade will have a significant impact on their frontcourt.

The Lakers will be hoping that the addition of Reed and the second-round picks will help them make a deep run in the playoffs.