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Probably should have made it a two-deep. Most of the focus seems to be on third string guys who won't see the floor. Ha.
And yes, Kendall Marshall was waived, but if he does clear waivers, the Lakers might bring him back.
I'm not surprised Lakers brought back most of their players from last season -- solid players off the bench, but clearly not starters.
It's July. Any depth chart at this point is more than just tentative, it's speculative but the roster is basically set.
Nash would be the first to admit he can't be depended on as a full-time starter anymore. He's 40 and played 15 games last season.
No reason for the Lakers to stretch out Nash at this point. Eat the contract next season, get what you can get and move on.
Nash and Boozer might start the season as starters but Lin and Randle will finish the season with more starts.
I do wonder how things would have been different if Lakers didn't get Booz. Was told they were surprised (but pleased) to win waiver auction
But short-term deals allow the Lakers to revisit options next summer. Lakers fans are being forced to learn a new kind of patience.
They are good deals in the sense that they allow the Lakers to maintain flexibility and bring back good guys cheaply. Not a playoff formula.
Wouldn't have guessed the Lakers would bring back 5 FAs from last year's 27-55 team. But Young, Hill, Henry, Johnson, Kelly all make sense.
Ryan Kelly on his new deal: "I am very happy and blessed to have reached an agreement with the Lakers"
Can't wait until I suit up in that #24 again..
FWIW, I’m good w/retaining Wes, Henry. Like X a little more, but ultimately, I doubt there’s anyone considerably than either for the $. AK
Good to get Kelly done, and I like the return of Henry, but I’d have passed on Wes. BK
Don't know terms for Kelly yet. Guessing either one or two years.
Busy day for the Lakers, who reached agreement with Ryan Kelly, Xavier Henry and Wesley Johnson. Not many roster spots left.
LAL didn't comply exactly, but still got Randle the ball, and he delivered. Has true confidence that he can't be guarded 1 on 1.
Mark Madsen told us after the game that Randle was requesting a 1-4 sets to give him maximum space to work for buckets in crunch time.
LAL's Summer League concludes with an 83-77 W, behind 12 4th Q points from No. 7 overall pick Julius Randle. He changed the game.
Lakers WIN! FINAL: 83-77, LAL
Nice sign for LAL: after going 0 for 8 through 3 Q's, Julius Randle completely took this game over. He's 5 for 6 in the 4th, up to 14 P.
Yet another 4th Q hoop from Randle came plus the harm. He's 4 for 5 in the period, reaching 12 points. LAL up 78-72 w/1:37 left.
Clarkson finished off a tough drive through traffic to reach 9 points w/5 boards, but his 4 turnovers/0 dimes ratio won't cut it this fall.
Clarkson continues to impress with moves like that. Kid has tunnel vision when driving to the rim.
Randle's crossing over PF's on the perimeter now, again getting into the paint. Kind of a nightmare to have to guard 1-on-1.
Randle was 0 for 8 in the 1st 3 Q's, but is now 3 for 4 in the 4th (plus a FT) after another driving bucket. LAL up 69-67, 4:21 left.
After struggling to get on the stats board for three quarters, Randle's turned it around in the 4th. 9 points, 3 boards.
Randle followed his recent offensive burst with a big block on defense. His best play in summer league has come in 4th Q's.
After missing many makeable shots off quick moves, Randle's scored LAL's last 5 points, w/2 FG's + a FT. 63-58 in the 4th.
There it is! Julius Randle scores his first field goal (1/9) of the evening. Lakers up 60-57.
The Nuggets have 10 more turnovers than the Lakers, yet Lakers only up by 3. 51-48.
He hasn't finished consistently, but it's been so easy for Randle to take his man off the dribble that he hasn't taken a jumper in 3 games.
Randle appears to have hit a Summer League wall today, missing all 7 of his shots thus far. LAL trail 46-45 midway through the 3rd.
LAL outscored DEN 29-17 in the 1st Q, but dropped the 2nd 26-14 in the 2nd in what's now a 43-all tie at halftime.
Second quarter wasn't pretty. End the first half tied up at 43. Here's your first half stats. http://t.co/Rg0exiT6Ku
The energy in the building isn't helping matters here at Thomas & Mack…can hear a pin drop in here.
After LAL was up by double-digits, the Nuggets have now managed to take the lead. 41-38, DEN.
LAL have sputtered in this 2nd Q, their double-digit lead cut to 1 with 2:45 to play. Randle's been quiet (he's been better in 2nd half).
Randle can't get a bucket. He's 0/4 in 7 minutes. Not to mention blank on the rest of his stat-line.
Lakers end the first quarter up 12 over Denver, 29-17, Lakers.
LAL played well in the 1st Q, allowing a 29-17 lead over DEN. Kevin Murphy had 8 points, Clarkson 4. Team shot 62.5%. Randle was 0 for 2.
Back to back buckets from Jordan Clarkson, impressive couple of offensive possessions.
Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle both yet to score for LAL, who leads 8-7 vs. DEN
Julius Randle has been content to go right if defenders overplay his left hand. He missed a finish to his right just now, but good to see.
Kobe's mindset has changed. Sure he's still obsessed with winning more rings. But right now that's overtaken by simply being on the floor.
Clarkson will likely be on the ball a lot tonight (esp. since Marshall isn't here), but he may be of more use off the ball come October.
Jordan Clarkson's shown the ability to play on the wing. He's long/athletic enough to guard most 2's/3's, which can help LAL's versatility.
Kobe says this documentary won't "be film Twitter" ... Won't cover daily news cycle around the Lakers
Kobe "I think Mitch has responded quite efficiently (from missing on Melo/Pau) by picking up some of the pieces he has"
Kobe: "I can sit here and tell you with 100 percent honesty that I'm happy with the effort the organization put forward this summer"
Any undefeated teams in the summer league?
Lakers have also waived Kendall Marshall. And still no follow back from Kobe Bryant =( http://t.co/cDQPtKGSnV
At the moment, Lakers PG depth looks something like Nash-Lin-Clarkson. But that's assuming a healthy Nash. Otherwise seems a bit thin.
Marshall appeared in 54 games with the Lakers last season (45 starts), averaging 8 pts, 8.8 assists.
Marshall had averaged 8.3 ppg, 3 apg at Vegas Summer League. Added Jordan Clarkson, Jeremy Lin this summer at PG.
Lakers basic problem: Trying to rebuild while trying to compete means serving two masters, and the former suffers/extends w/ the latter. BK
The Lakers have waived Kendall Marshall.