HoopsHype Andrew Goudelock rumors


February 18, 2012 Updates

In a sign of Andrew Goudelock's slightly increasing profile, officials from Chinese shoe company Peak wrote a greeting to Chinese vice president Xi Jinping on Goudelock's shoes Friday night. Xi was at Staples Center for the game against Phoenix. Goudelock has a two-year endorsement deal with Peak. "Just to be able to represent a company is the biggest thing for me," said Goudelock, selected 46th overall by the Lakers last June. "I'm trying to make my way. They're trying to make their way. It's a good fit." Los Angeles Times

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Pau Gasol: Great job by @Metta World Peace and Andrew Goudelock from the bench!! Gran trabajo de Metta WorldPeace y Goudelock! #GoLakers #4Lakers4AllStar Twitter

January 22, 2012 Updates

Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock took different routes to the NBA, but they find themselves in the same position these days. Morris grew up in Los Angeles and was recruited by a number of college programs before landing at Michigan. Goudelock grew up in Georgia and received just one scholarship offer, from Charleston, but put together a stellar college career. Now, Morris and Goudelock are living the dream as rookies for the Los Angeles Lakers. Neither expected to be picked by the Lakers on draft night, but both are thrilled to don purple and gold. HoopsWorld

“I knew from the jump that they really liked me and that they were looking at me, but I didn’t know if I was going to be around for pick number 41,” Morris told HOOPSWORLD. “I didn’t really know where I was going to go on draft night. Looking back on it, I wouldn’t want to be any other place. I’m happy that they drafted me.” “I didn’t see it coming either,” Goudelock said. “Just like him, I didn’t know if I would be around for pick number 46, but my window was a little bit bigger than his. I could’ve gone anywhere from the 20’s to the 50’s so I didn’t really know. I was just waiting around to see what was going to happen, but luckily I got picked by one of the best organizations in the game. They’re first class. They do everything first class. This is about business here, it’s all about winning. You can really see that is the focus of every guy through his work ethic. You can just tell that the tradition around here is winning. It’s win or go home for us every day and I like the situation.” HoopsWorld

What has been the biggest surprise for each rookie? “The biggest shock is probably just how good everybody is out there on that floor,” Morris said. “Not just offensively, but in terms of defense and being able to cover spots so quickly with their length and athletic ability. It’s a little bit different than college.” “Guys are way taller, way longer, way faster and the pace of the game is different,” Goudelock said. “Also, I’m still getting used to the three seconds in the key. The game is totally different from college, just about every aspect of the game – defensively, offensively, the concepts – everything is different. I kind of knew what to expect, but once you start going through it, it still catches you by surprise. Everything is a learning process.” HoopsWorld

January 17, 2012 Updates

Unfortunately Steve got hurt that very game and Morris has quickly become the team’s second point guard. Fellow rookie Andrew Goudelock has made eight appearances for the Lakers but Coach Mike Brown has been clear that he only feels Goudelock is suitable in the role of off-guard. That means it’s Fisher and Morris for about 48 combined a night, a far cry from the inactives and DNP-CDs that Darius was racking up to start the season. “Patience, Patience is something I kept telling myself, especially being a rookie on a veteran-led team like this on the Lakers,” said Morris. “Their track record of relying on rookies to come in and play a lot of minutes is not really deep so you can’t get frustrated, you just have to control what you can control.” HoopsWorld

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Troy Murphy officially became a Lakers backup power forward, signing a one-season deal worth $1.3 million. Murphy played sparingly last season with the New Jersey Nets and the Boston Celtics, averaging only 3.1 points and 3.2 rebounds in 35 games. - Andrew Goudelock and Malcolm Thomas returned to the Lakers' training camp after playing for the developmental league D-Fenders against Bakersfield on Saturday. Los Angeles Daily News

November 30, 2011 Updates

Talks haven't formally taken place yet since the NBA ended its lockout. But Goudelock's agent, Austin Walton, remains optimistic that his client will land a roster spot. "If everything stays intact with their roster," Walton said," I feel pretty good where he is in making the team based on the conversations we have had when he was drafted." Los Angeles Times

November 15, 2011 Updates

Finding a professional gig overseas. Should the NBA fail to reach a new collective bargaining agreement by then, Goudelock's agent, Austin Walton, said he will aggressively pursue those options. He has good reason to think that might happen considering the players union disbanded and the NBA formally announced it has canceled its games through Dec. 15. "There might not be an option if 30 guys sign from now and then. I don't know how people will react to the news [Monday]," said Walton, who represents Goudelock through Walton Sports Management Group. "We'll see. Maybe we'll have the options that we had earlier and we'll revisit those." Los Angeles Times

October 8, 2011 Updates
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Despite fielding eight official offers to play for various teams overseas for a six-figure salary, Lakers rookie guard Andrew Goudelock won't accept any offer that doesn't have an opt-out clause, his agent, Austin Walton, said Sunday evening in a phone interview. "Those are the only ones we’d consider," said Walton, who represents Goudelock through Walton Sports Management Group. An opt-out clause would allow Goudelock to return to the NBA should the current lockout stop in time for a full or shortened 2011-12 season. Walton said three of those offers had opt-out clauses, including from CB Lucentum Alicante of the Spanish professional basketball league Liga ACB [link in Spanish] and from the Skyliners Frankfurt of Germany's Basketball Bundesliga [link in German], which recently signed Milwaukee Bucks second-round pick Jon Leur. Los Angeles Times

But even that provision won't guarantee Goudelock will play overseas, considering Walton's revelation that Goudelock remains more consumed with finishing his sociology degree at the College of Charleston first. "Drew’s focus is training," Walton said, "becoming the best player he can be and finishing his degree." Los Angeles Times

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