Lakers extend qualifying offer to Robert Sacre

Let the dance party begin.

The Lakers extended a $988,000 qualifying offer to backup center Robert Sacre, making him a restricted free agent and suggesting he will continue leading cheers on the Lakers’ bench for at least next season.

With the move, the Lakers will have the rights to match any offer Sacre may receive from other teams.

He only averaged 1.3 points on 37.5 percent shooting and 1.1 rebounds in 6.3 minutes through 32 regular-season games. But the Lakers liked his enthusiasm, illustrated by his penchant to rise off the bench after big plays and wildly dance and cheer. In his three starts where he averaged 6.7 points and 3 rebounds, Sacre showed plenty of energy and hustle. Sacre also plans to play in the Lakers’ Vegas Summer League from July 12-22.

“I want to be an all-around player,” Sacre recently said at a Time Warner Cable Media sponsored event. “I want to better myself all around, working from ball handling, defense, post-ups, everything.”

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