Throughout the first few years of Thomas Bryant’s career, it’s safe to say that when he’s been given an opportunity, he’s done well to be productive. Most recently, before being traded to the Denver Nuggets at the NBA Trade Deadline, Bryant was averaging an impressive 12 points and seven rebounds on 65 percent shooting from the field with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Things completely changed once he lost his consistent playing time with the Nuggets, but there’s no question that he remains one of the most interesting free agents heading into the summer. The big question is whether a team will be willing to give him a consistent role next season. If there is one, it could be the Jazz. With the uncertainty that revolves around Kelly Olynyk and Rudy Gay, perhaps Bryant could emerge as a useful power forward for the Jazz next season.
Bryant has some limitations on the defensive end, but perhaps playing with Walker Kessler could help cover those up. Bryant could be a free agent that ends up paying dividends down the road for the Jazz, and considering he’s been productive at almost every stop he’s made throughout his career, he deserves a consistent role sooner rather than later.