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According to Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times, the Lakers are close to a 2-year minimum deal with forward sharpshooter, Jason Kapono.

NBA teams can’t sign free agents until Friday, but the Lakers met with Kapono and were close to a deal for one or two years and about $1.3 million annually.

The Lakers would sign Kapono for a minimum veteran’s salary and wouldn’t have to dip into their main free-agent tool — a three-year, $9.4-million contract known as the mini mid-level exception.

Kapono, who turns 31 in February, has career averages of 6.9 points and 43.7% from three-point range but averaged a career-low 0.7 points and 4.6 minutes last season with Philadelphia.

Mitch Kupchak has made previous attempts at Kapono, but according to Eric Pincus of Hoopsworld, a verbal agreement between the two had been vetoed by Jim Buss.

A two time NBA Three-Point Shootout champion, Kapono fills a gaping hole in the Lakers roster, one that has been missing a consistant shooter.

  • Jonathan

    This would be a great signing if it pulls through. The Lakers not only get a valuable three point assassin for practically nothing (think of Peja raining those 3’s that killed our Lakers during the Mavs run) but also a proven veteran who can provide a spark off the bench. This helps alleviate our 3 point shooting woes but I hope this won’t be our only signing before the start of the season. We really need an upgrade at the PG position and the Center position. And I think we’re all aware on who we would want to fill those spots!

  • http://twitter.com/TruWarier37 James

    seriously Jim Buss is an idiot!

  • Melanie Evers-Parker

    Yes We Neeeeeeed That N Our LakerLife’s,,He B Down On Them 3’s,,,Hallelujah ThankU Jesus,,,He Makes Our Team More Deeper,,We Bout Championships,,I’ve Been A LAKER FAN 4 50 Years since I Was 3years Old,,,I’ma Fan 4Life,I Got Married On 6/18/11&My Colors Was Purple&Gold,,,,God Is Good!!!!!

  • Retardforjoiningarmy

    wtf…now we got the 2 worse white players n the NBA on our roster…0.7PPG r u freakn kidding me???? yes we need 3pt shooting but not 1dimensional scrubs like this…FML

    • NATH

      what can you do with 4,6 mins per game? And he is the cheapest 3-pointers available. 

  • lance leo

    well this kid can shoot 3’s but that’s about it. 

  • Anonymous

    Hope this means were gonna find a way to get rid of Walton…

  • lakerman34

    I trust whatever Jim Buss does, but I feel that Josh McRoberts would have been a better fit for this team. We could use his toughness and hustle.

  • Cody

    Is this guy even good? I mean last I heard from him was when he won the 3pt shoot out.

  • Kmac_321

    lol this guy came from Artesia High School…No don’t sign him

  • Cookies

    it would be better if it was a 1 year deal…