The Lakers continue to fill out their roster in the free-agent market and agree to a two-year deal with Center Jason Hayessuch a person not authorized to speak publicly on this matter.
Hayes is the backup center the Lakers have been looking for to play behind Anthony Davis.
At 6 Feelings 11, the Lakers view Hayes as a physical player who they believe can play a similar role to Dwight Howard in 2020 as the Lakers won their 17th NBA title.
Hayes, 23, spent his first four seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans. Last season, he averaged 5.0 points and 2.8 rebounds in 13.0 minutes per game when he only played in 47 games through injury, including two in the starting XI.
Hayes was sentenced last year to 450 hours of community service, 52 weeks of domestic violence classes and three years probation after he pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanors stemming from an incident with his girlfriend in Woodland Hills in July 2021.
Hayes was a 2019 first-round draft pick from Texas and was drafted eighth overall by the Atlanta Hawks. He was acquired from New Orleans on a multiplayer deal shortly after the draft.