Tuesday , Jan , 15 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Los Angeles Lakers Could Be After Chris Webber


Now that their franchise-center-in-training will be taking at least an eight-week break, the Lakers are perilously thin in the middle.Kwame Brown has started 178 games in his seven-year career, and newly anointed backup Ronny Turiaf is more of a power forward.In an update provided by a team source, Chris Mihm is at least two weeks from returning, if not longer, from a sore right Achilles tendon.

Thus, the Lakers are sifting through the free-agent bin and coming up with such names as Chris Webber, P.J. Brown and DJ Mbenga.The Lakers were intrigued by Webber a year ago and have been in contact with his representatives. They think he fits the mold of a triangle-offense player-good passer, good jump shot-but are concerned about his physical condition. Webber, who will be 35 in March, has not played since last season. He averaged 11.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 29.9 minutes in 61 games with Philadelphia and Detroit, but did not re-sign with the Pistons after their playoff run.He has been contacted by other unspecified teams and will make up his mind this week, his agent said. Click here for more from the Los Angeles Times.