5 Former Lakers Still Unemployed After Free Agency Week 1

Now that the first week of NBA free agency is in the books, here's a look at five former Los Angeles Lakers players who are still looking for a job.
Talen Horton-Tucker is one of five Lakers who's still unemployed.
Talen Horton-Tucker is one of five Lakers who's still unemployed. / Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
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2. JaVale McGee, C

JaVale McGee is someone who most NBA fans are familiar with and the Lakers fanbase isn't an exception. The 36-year-old has played for nine different franchises across 16 seasons with two of those years (2018-20) played in Los Angeles.

Even though he began to down at that point, McGee was a solid presence for the Lakers. He averaged 9.4 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game across 143 outings, and played a big role in the franchise's 2020 NBA Championship run, earning him the third ring of his career in the process.

McGee's career has been hectic since departing as a free agent four years ago, though. He's been unable to find a consistent home, having played games for five teams during that stretch. He most recently served as the Sacramento Kings' backup center last season, averaging 4.0 points and 2.7 rebounds while only playing 7.4 minutes per night.

McGee's beyond his prime at this point, but his career might not be over just yet. He's still a decent third-string center who brings an experienced presence to any locker room he joins. He won't be signing any more multi-year deals, but veteran contracts on a season-to-season basis will likely still be available.