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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4. Reggie Bullock, SF/SG

With NBA rosters constantly flipping, it can be tough to remember who's played where. That's why it's acceptable if some Lakers fans forget that Reggie Bullock spent part of the 2018-19 season with the franchise, averaging 9.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 0.8 steals in 19 games (16 starts) following a trade from the Detroit Pistons.

As mentioned before, Bullock's time in L.A. didn't last long. He left that summer as a free agent before signing back-to-back multi-year deals with the New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks. He most recently spent the 2023-24 campaign with the Houston Rockets and it's safe to say that his time with the franchise didn't go as planned.

Bullock was stuck in a depth role on the Rockets, averaging just 9.5 minutes — his fewest since the 2014-15 season — across 44 games. The lack of playing time negatively impacted the ex-UNC wing's production, capping his averages at 2.2 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 0.3 assists.

The good news for Bullock is that his efficiency was likely good enough to eventually lead to a contract offer or two. Despite not seeing the ball too often, the 33-year-old 3-and-D specialist still averaged 2.3 threes made per 36 minutes on 40.3% shooting. Even if it's only to fill one of the No. 11-15 spots on a bench, there are coaches out there who wouldn't mind giving a roster spot to Bullock.

We'll just have to see how long it takes for one of those offers to materialize.