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Thomas Bryant leaves Wizards to rejoin Lakers in free agency

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After four years with the Wizards, center Thomas Bryant is returning to the team that drafted him, as he agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday,

Bryant, still only 24 years old, started 108 of the 155 games he played in Washington. He averaged 11.0 points and 6.2

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Bryant set the franchise record for field goal percentage in a single season in 2018-19. While Robin Lopez set a new mark two seasons later, Bryant still holds the records for effective field goal percentage and offensive rating.

Bryant now heads to a Lakers team that looks very different than the one he left in 2018. That was the summer L.A. signed LeBron James and they would later acquire Anthony Davis. Bryant now hopes to play significant minutes at center as the Lakers aim to get back to title contention after missing the playoffs last season.

Bryant was originally claimed by the Wizards off waivers from the Lakers. He blossomed into a starting center and was a key piece of their roster for several years before he suffered a partially torn ACL during the 2020-21 season. He returned last year to play 27 games.

Now the Wizards and Bryant are parting ways and he’s going back to his original team.

The 6-foot-10 center also played for the Lakers in 2017-18, but was waived the next season.

Bryant averaged 7.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in 27 appearances last season for the Wizards. He started nine games in 2021-22.

The second-round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft averaged a career-high 14.3 points per game in 2020-21.

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