NBA Rumors: 2 Top Landing Spots for Boban Marjanovic

Boban. He's one of those immediately recognizable single-name players. But of course, at 7'4", Boban Marjanovic is hard to miss. And then when you get to know him, he's impossible to forget. Boban is known as the best teammate in the NBA; every single player he's played with loves the guy. 

On the court, he might be very limited in his contributions at this point, but he's a locker-room favorite and can surely help any team's cohesiveness and chemistry. 

As a free agent this summer, two frontrunners have emerged as the most likely destinations for the 34-year-old free agent center. 

Houston Rockets

Having spent the past season in Houston, his impact is still being felt by the young players on the Rockets. Just check out what 20-year-old Jabari Smith Jr. had to say after his rookie season:

“It was so good to have Boban in the locker room, man,” Smith said. "He’s one of the nicest people in the world, he’s always smiling, cheering you up. 

"He's just a great teammate, the best teammate I ever had, I know I've been in the league only for one year, but throughout my career, I've never met anybody who was that consistent. He's always working in the gym on his game, always nice to all the people he has around. If you want to know how to have a long career in the league, just look at Boban and what he does."

The Rockets, in the new Ime Udoka era, are looking to add quality veterans who can lead and be good influences on the very young players on the team (the Fred VanVleet signing is the epitome of that plan). Boban certainly fits that mold.

Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers have had a great offseason thus far, bringing back the key young players they wanted to retain, and adding Gabe Vincent, Taurean Prince and Cam Reddish. Now it's time to beef up the frontcourt. 

There's been talk about adding Christian Wood, who would certainly provide the offense at the four or five off the bench. But for one more finishing piece, Boban makes sense: The stress of playing in Hollywood, and of meeting the expectations of a LeBron James team in the twilight of his career can be a challenge for anyone wearing the Purple & Gold. Adding the feel-good vibes of Boban to the locker room would be a huge stress reliever, and certainly a great move for the Lakers. 

And what's more, Boban is an aspiring actor, with a growing number of film credits. What better place for him than L.A.?

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