The Lakers have signed free agent center Christian Wood to a two-year, $5.7 million deal.

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Wood, 27, is a versatile big man who can score inside and out.

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He averaged 17.9 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game last season with the Houston Rockets.

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Wood's addition gives the Lakers a much-needed boost in the frontcourt.

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He is expected to start alongside Anthony Davis, forming a formidable frontcourt duo.

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Wood's ability to stretch the floor will also be a major asset for the Lakers, who were one of the worst 3-point shooting teams in the NBA last season.

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Wood is also a good rebounder and defender.

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He is expected to help the Lakers improve their rebounding and rim protection.

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The Lakers are hoping that Wood can help them return to contention in the Western Conference.

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They have not made the NBA Finals since 2020.

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