The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard Shaquille Harrison and center Tristan Thompson, it was announced today by Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Rob Pelinka. In a related move, the Lakers requested waivers on forward Davon Reed.
Harrison (6’4”, 195) most recently played for the Portland Trail Blazers after signing a 10-day contract with the team on March 30. In five appearances with the Trail Blazers, he averaged 8.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.2 steals in 24.0 minutes. In 180 career games (23 starts) across six NBA seasons with the Trail Blazers (2022-23), Nets (2021-22), Nuggets (2020-21), Jazz (2020-21), Bulls (2018-20) and Suns (2017-18), Harrison has averaged 5.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals in 15.4 minutes per game. The 29-year-old has played in nine career playoff games with the Nuggets (2020-21), averaging 1.0 points in 4.5 minutes. The 2021-22 NBA G League Defensive Player of the Year appeared in 32 regular season games (all starts) for the South Bay Lakers this season, averaging 13.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 2.1 steals in 32.5 minutes per game and was the only player in the NBA G League this season to be in the top five in both assists and steals per game.
Thompson (6’9”, 254) has appeared in 730 career games (478 starts) across 11 seasons with the Bulls (2021-22), Pacers (2021-22), Kings (2021-22), Celtics (2020-21) and Cavaliers (2011-20), averaging 9.0 points (.519 FG%), 8.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 26.8 minutes. The 2016 NBA Champion has played in 88 career playoff games (70 starts) with the Bulls (2021-22), Celtics (2020-21) and Cavaliers (2014-18), averaging 7.4 points and 8.2 rebounds while shooting 56.4 percent from the field. Thompson most recently appeared in 57 games (six starts) for Chicago, Indiana and Sacramento during the 2021-22 season, where he averaged 6.0 points and 5.1 rebounds in 15.7 minutes per game. Thompson has recorded 185 double-doubles throughout his career and has shot over 50 percent from the field in his previous eight seasons.
Reed appeared in eight games for the Lakers this season, averaging 1.0 points in 3.4 minutes per game. The 27-year-old was acquired by Los Angeles on Feb. 9.