Lakers Eyeing Jamison, Brand, Jermaine O’Neal

Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles reports that the Lakers are in the market for big men, with Antawn Jamison, Elton Brand, and Jermaine O'Neal on their short list of targets. While the team is still currently in negotiations with Jordan Hill, they also hope that the above listed players would be available for the veteran's minimum. Although the Lakers still have their $3MM mid-level exception to use, they would prefer to set it aside in the event that a deal for Dwight Howard gets done and a glaring void consequently arises. 

Jamison has been mentioned with the Bobcats as well as in sign-and-trade talks with the Nets, so it remains to be seen whether or not a veteran's minimum offer will be competitive enough for the Lakers to successfully attract the former UNC Tar Heel. Brand would first have to pass through the amnesty period without having a bid placed on him before the Lakers would have the chance to recruit him.  Of the three, Jermaine O'Neal seems to be a reasonable target. Having been waived by the Celtics in April and recently undergoing platelet-rich plasma therapy, there most likely won't be an offer more than the minimum for the 6'11 center. 


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