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Los Angeles Lakers are expected to be active in the trade and buyout market as they are hoping to improve their roster ahead of the second part of the season.

Andre Drummond is the primary target for the LA franchise, however if they could not sign the Cavs’ big man, the Lakers are monitoring Hassan Whiteside of the Sacramento Kings, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo.

The Los Angeles Lakers are monitoring the developments of the Sacramento Kings’ seldom-used rim protector, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

If the defending champs strike out on landing Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond, then Whiteside would be a nice contingency plan.

Whiteside has not been playing enough in Sacramento, as head coach Luke Walton is focused on using smaller lineups. The veteran center could be a successful backup center in the Lakers’ roster.

There is some hope that he could take on Dwight Howard’s role from 2020 with Marc Gasol and Montrelz Harrell underperforming so far this season.