The Los Angeles Lakers have been looking to fill out their roster for some time now, and they just got one step closer to doing so by re-signing backup point guard Tyler Ennis.
The Lakers have been searching for a backup point guard this free agency for quite a while. They were vocal about their preference for a veteran point guard that could help guide Lonzo Ball but instead re-signed Tyler Ennis to a one-year $2.1 million deal with a player option in the second year.
Ennis was acquired via a trade with the Houston Rockets last season and performed well in a small sample of games for L.A. Early in free agency the Lakers showed interest in re-signing him but chose to test the market for a quality veteran guard instead.
The Lakers were in talks with guards Rajon Rondo, Derrick Rose and Ian Clark to name a few. Agreements were never made between L.A. and any of these players, and with the exception of Clark, the Lakers dodged a couple of bullets.
Rondo signed with the New Orleans Pelicans on a one-year deal and Rose recently signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a one-year $2.1 million deal.
Although Rondo and Rose are veteran guards with experience, it wouldn’t have been ideal to have either of them mentor Ball. Clark, on the other hand, is a capable guard with championship experience that comes from the same system Lakers Head Coach Luke Walton runs. Clark would have been a good addition to the team, but talks between him and L.A. have reportedly died down since the signing of Ennis.
Ennis played in 22 games for the Lakers last season. He averaged 17.8 minutes, 7.7 points and 2.4 assists per game. Although the 22-year-old guard doesn’t have the experience the Lakers had hoped to get at the position, he’ll be a solid steady backup for Lonzo.