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Height: 6-2 / 1.88
Weight:190 lbs. / 86.2 kg.
Height: 6-2 / 1.88
Weight:190 lbs. / 86.2 kg.
“Of course you want to play. That’s why we do what we do,” Price said. “You want to play. But you just never know. You never know what’s ahead. Whatever role is my role, I’ll embrace it, whether it’s being here as a third guard and being kind of a security blanket or whatever you want to call it. I’m at the stage of my career where I want to win and I want to be able to help a team out in whatever needs they need me to do so. That’s something I would love to come back and be a part of this organization next year. We’ll see how it works out.”
The Lakers are interested in keeping Price as a third-string point guard, a role Price will gladly accept.
Serena Winters: Ronnie Price: “Whatever role is my role, I’ll embrace it. Whether it’s being here & a 3rd guard & a ‘security blanket…’ I want to help a team out in whatever ways they need me to do so. I would love to come back & be a part of this organization (the Lakers) next year.”
Consider the feeling mutual. “He’s definitely a guy we’ll consider,” Scott said of Price before the Lakers played the Golden State Warriors on Monday night at Oracle Arena. “He showed he can play and he is a type of guy you want on a team. But we have to see what we do in the draft and free agent market.”
Price added he “absolutely” would remain interested in staying with the Lakers even as a third-string point guard. The Lakers appear invested in developing rookie guard Jordan Clarkson and could also upgrade the position through free agency (Rajon Rondo, Goran Dragic) or through the NBA Draft. Price also added he would like more stability after having various stops in Sacramento (2005-07), Utah (2007-11), Phoenix (2011-12), Portland (2012-13) and Orlando (2013-14). “I would love to have a chance to play for Byron Scott again. I respect him as a coach and respect his leadership,” said Price, who joined the Lakers this season on a one-year, non-guaranteed deal worth $1.3 million. “Byron stayed consistent throughout the entire year as far as what he expects from us, what he wants us to do on the floor and how we’re supposed to approach the game.”
Guard Ronnie Price, whom Lakers Coach Byron Scott has considered one of his toughest players and best defenders, is done for the rest of the season after having successful surgery to remove bone spurs and bone chips from his right elbow Wednesday.
Baxter Holmes: Lakers say Ronnie Price will have surgery tomorrow morning on his right elbow. They’re expected to announce recovery timeline after surgery.
Mike Trudell: Ronnie Price is out tonight after aggravating his sore right elbow in last night’s game. Expect Jeremy Lin to start at PG.
The Lakers have until 2 p.m. PST on Wednesday to decide on the contracts of Wayne Ellington, Ronnie Price and Tarik Black. All NBA players on nonguaranteed contracts become locked in if not placed on waivers by the Wednesday deadline. Ellington is under contract for $1.1 million, of which $581,692 is guaranteed. Price’s contract is $1.3 million, with $658,405 guaranteed. Black, who was claimed off waivers from the Houston Rockets in late December, is earning a nonguaranteed rookie minimum of $507,336. He’s also under contract next season, at a nonguaranteed $845,059.
Baxter Holmes: A doctor today confirmed that Lakers starting PG Ronnie Price has a fractured nose. His status Wednesday vs. LAC is probable, Lakers say.
Price will have his nose examined on Tuesday, but he is expected to play in Wednesday’s designated road game against the Clippers at Staples Center. Price also remained adamant he would not wear a mask to protect his nose, something that Lakers forward Ed Davis has currently done after breaking his nose in Friday’s loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Previously, Price was guaranteed $329,202 when the Lakers kept him beyond Nov. 15. If the 31-year old veteran is still on the roster on Jan. 10, the remainder of his salary will lock in for the season.
Ronnie Price signed with the Lakers over the summer without a guarantee he’d make the team. The veteran guard managed to work his way into the Lakers’ rotation, and even the starting lineup. On Monday, the Lakers guaranteed half of his contract, or $658,405 of $1.3 million.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Hearing the Los Angeles Lakers were open to move Ronnie Price. It’s unclear where that stands post Xavier Henry blow.
The league made the ruling after Price was ejected for a flagrant foul-2 in the Lakers’ loss Wednesday in New Orleans where he pulled down Austin Rivers from behind. But replays showed that Price attempted to stop the ball. “We feel that the contact came from an attempt to block the shot and that there was no intent to hit Austin Rivers in the head,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. “Therefore, we are disappointed in the league’s decision.”
Mark Medina: Mitch Kupchak in statement on Ronnie Price suspension: “We feel that the contact came from an attempt to block the shot and that there was no intent to hit Austin Rivers in the head, and therefore we are disappointed in the league’s decision.”