NBA News: Knicks Waive Forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Lakers May Have Interest
Lakers Rumors: L.a. Interested In Trade For Knicks Forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas?
Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks announced the team has waived forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas, a move likely made in order to facilitate the return of Joakim Noah to the team’s active roster.

“The respect this franchise has for Mindaugas cannot be overstated,” said Knicks General Manager Scott Perry in a statement. “His professionalism and work ethic were greatly appreciated by his teammates, coaches and the entire staff. The decision was extremely tough for us. We wish him nothing but the best moving on with his playing career.”

Kuzminskas, who averaged 6.3 points in 68 games as a rookie last season and only played in one game this year, will now become a free agent with the ability to choose which team he wants to sign with.

There were rumors his representatives had already begun reaching out to interested teams before Kuzminskas was even waived, and it’s logical to connect the dots back to the Los Angeles Lakers as one of those options considering the team’s interest in signing him before the Knicks did.

Could the Lakers circle back with a former free agency target? It’s possible, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post:

The Lakers roster is already at the max, meaning if they did want to add Kuzminkas they would have to trade or waive a player in order to make room for the Lithuanian forward.

Whether or not that would be worth their time is an open question, as Kuzminskas only shot 32.1 percent on 3-pointers last season, meaning he likely wouldn’t quite be able to fix the team’s shooting woes (they rank last in the league in 3-point percentage at 28.9 percent) on his own.

Those factors make the Lakers signing Kuzminskas an unlikely outcome to his being waived, although anything is possible as the Lakers have shown interest in him for a while now.

WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DISCUSSION? CHECK OUT THE NEW LAKERSNATION FORUM CLUB

You May Also Like

Shaquille O’Neal Compares Playing With Penny Hardaway, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, And LeBron James

Shaquille O’Neal had the privilege of playing with a number of all-time greats during his own Hall of Fame 20-year NBA…

Lakers News: Media Still Has Giannis Antetokounmpo Ahead Of LeBron James For 2019-20 NBA MVP

Before the 2019-20 NBA season was suspended, one of the biggest developing stories was that of the Most Valuable Player…

Paul Pierce Details Growing Up Lakers Fan, But Being Selected By Celtics In 1998 NBA Draft

For most Los Angeles Lakers fans, Paul Pierce’s name brings a certain disdain and dislike as he was a villain who had no…

Lakers News: Rudy Gay Amazed By LeBron James’ Longevity In 17th NBA Season

Coming into the 2019-20 NBA season, there were questions as to how LeBron James would perform in his 17th season with…