The Los Angeles Lakers have had a successful summer after drafting Lonzo Ball, winning the Summer League championship and signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Now they look to fill out their roster for the 2017 season.
When the Lakers introduced Kentavious-Caldwell Pope to the team, General Manager Rob Pelinka said L.A. was “going to complete the roster and fill out positions in the next week or two.”
Magic Johnson said the Lakers are hoping to fill their backup point guard spot sometime in the next week and a half.
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Magic Johnson echoed Pelinka by updating the press on the Lakers’ backup point guard position.
“We’re looking to see what we’re going to do at that position,” Johnson said on Tuesday at the Lakers’ practice facility. “We’re hoping in the next week, week and a half we can fill that position. But right now we can’t tell you there’s a leading candidate.”
L.A. has been trying to find the right player to back up Lonzo Ball for quite sometime. However, instead of jumping the gun, the Lakers have chosen to be patient. In a Summer League interview, Johnson said that he preferred to get a veteran guard to play behind Ball to act as a guide for the 19-year-old rookie.
L.A. currently has a thirteen-man roster and has room to sign two more players to complete their team. They signed guard Alex Caruso to a two-way deal and may end up signing center Thomas Bryant to the same deal that will allow both players to join the Lakers for a total of 45 days while spending the rest of their time with the South Bay Lakers, L.A.’s G-League team.
The Lakers proved they’re willing to wait for the right players and are saving their major spending for free agency in 2018. But they need to focus on signing a backup point guard to add depth to that position. They’ve shown interest in re-signing Tyler Ennis, who joined the team last season due to a trade with the Houston Rockets; but due to L.A.’s desire to sign a mentor for Ball, they’re likely to pass on Ennis for someone with more experience.