LOS ANGELES — The Lakers are signing two players — including LeBron James‘ former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Tristan Thompson — on the final day of the regular season to add depth for the playoffs, sources told ESPN on Sunday.
Thompson joins the Lakers having last played in 2021-22 for the Chicago Bulls, averaging 5.7 points and 4.7 rebounds in 23 games. He was a vital cog for the Cavaliers’ four straight trips to the NBA Finals from 2015 to 2018.
The Lakers are also signing Shaquille Harrison, a defensive-minded point guard. Harrison played for the South Bay Lakers, their G League affiliate, this season and averaged 13.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 2.1 steals in 32 games.
Los Angeles will waive guard Davon Reed to open a roster spot to sign a second player.
The Lakers (42-39) enter Sunday in seventh place in the Western Conference. They could move up to sixth and avoid the play-in tournament with a win over the Utah Jazz and additional help in other results.