Los Angeles Lakers Complete Surprising Trade With Denver Nuggets

After being such a great fit for the Los Angeles Lakers this season, six-year veteran big man Thomas Bryant has been sent packing, to the Denver Nuggets, in return for Davon Reed and three second-round draft picks.

Bryant was outplaying his $2.1M deal for the Lakers this season, and was even being considered for a starting role alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis until they acquired Rui Hachimura. 

However, since the return of AD, he's actually had a diminished role.

Per Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, Thomas wanted to be somewhere where he could have a bigger role. 

The 25-year-old was averaging 12.1 points and 6.8 rebounds in just 21 minutes per game for the Lakers, while shooting 65.4% from the field.

According to Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times, with the Lakers moving over the cap via trades, Bryant would be unaffordable to re-sign in the offseason, making it best to route him to a new home now instead of losing him for nothing this summer.

He'll be a great fit as a backup big in Denver.

Reed is a little-used 6'5" guard in his 4th NBA season. 

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