HoopsHype Ryan Kelly rumors
After six weeks of rehab, Kelly has been able to participate fully in practice without any warning signs. “I haven’t had any problems,” he said. “We’ve given it plenty of time to heal and strengthen. I think I’m in a good position to put this behind me.” Orange County Register
Kelly injured his hamstring during training camp and played in only three games before re-aggravating the injury. According to Lakers reporter Mike Trudell, Kelly could be getting some work in with the team when they practice on Saturday: Lakers Nation
It's unclear if the Lakers will be willing to make any significant moves this season, but as of Dec. 15, a number of Lakers became trade eligible. Nick Young, Ed Davis, Wesley Johnson, Ryan Kelly and Xavier Henry, who signed contracts over the summer, can now be traded by the Lakers. Young agreed to a four-year, $21-million contract with a player option on the final season. Davis and Johnson are on minimum contracts, although Davis has an option to play a second season, also at the minimum. Los Angeles Times
Bryant will make $25 million at 37 years old while Nick Young, Julius Randle and Ryan Kelly take up another $10 million. Various player options (Ed Davis) and team options (Jordan Clarkson, Robert Sacre) could add another $3 million, though Davis could opt out and drive that number even higher. Leave room for an estimated $5 million for their likely two first-round draft picks. It's easy to see the Lakers allocating $43 million toward only nine players amid a conservatively estimated salary cap of $66 million for 2015-16. Throw in troublesome mandatory things called "cap holds" and the Lakers have only $21.5 million to spend next summer on free agents. Los Angeles Times
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