Lakers Rumors: Options for Final Roster Spot After Austin Daye Signs in Toronto
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Toronto Raptors have signed forward Austin Daye to a two-year deal worth $2 million. Per Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.com, Daye had previously worked out with the Lakers.
With Daye now out of the picture, who will the Lakers sign to fill out their roster?
The Lakers have been active this offseason, restructuring what was one of the worst second units in all of basketball during the 2012-13 season. By signing the likes of Jordan Farmar, Wesley Johnson, Chris Kaman and Nick Young, they've certainly added depth.
With superstars possessing one final year on their contract and injuries a legitimate risk due to the factor of age, however, every acquisition matters.
There are multiple players on Los Angeles' radar, including past Lakers stars and former D-League standouts. Regardless of whom they sign, it's clear that the Lakers are looking to add some form of a burst off of the bench.
So who are they targeting?
Experience: 4 Seasons
20.3 MPG, 7.5 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.2 APG, 44.2% FG
In a candid interview with Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.com, Chris Douglas-Roberts spoke on his long road back to the NBA. During that interview, CDR expressed that he believes the Lakers have interest in signing him.
As for how badly he wants L.A. to sign him, Douglas-Roberts made it clear that he'd die for it to happen.
I think they’re interested. They were interested last year, but things happen. It was a numbers game, which I fully understand. But I definitely think this is good a fit and it’s why I’m back this summer.
I’m willing to die for this. It’s as simple as that. This is where I believe I belong. Things happen on your journey and I feel like I have a special journey. I’m embracing it, embracing the grind. I think all of this happens for a reason. It’s all motivation for me. It’s all part of the grind.
No one has ever questioned his ability, so an improvement to his mental approach to the game is promising.
Douglas-Roberts, 26, has played in 161 NBA games for the now Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks. In that time, he averaged 7.5 points in 20.3 minutes, making 53 starts and shooting 44.2 percent from the field.
With Los Angeles set to rely rather heavily upon Wesley Johnson at small forward, CDR's value instantly becomes understood.
He's not going to stand out in any one specific area, but Douglas-Roberts displayed flashes of becoming a sixth man while playing for the New Jersey Nets. We're far removed from that time, but Douglas-Roberts' most recent success came in the D-League, where he averaged 27.8 points in five brief games.
There's room for improvement, but the man can score and slash—L.A. could use some help in both areas.
Position: Small Forward
Experience: 1 Season
6.2 MPG, 2.4 PPG, 1.1 RPG
According to Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers are interested in signing forward Marcus Landry. Landry was a member of Los Angeles' summer league team, averaging 15.2 points and 4.2 rebounds on 37.1 percent shooting from three-point range.
That final number is the definition of why Landry is such an attractive candidate.
Landry dominated the D-League in 2012-13, averaging 16.5 points and 5.0 rebounds on 42.8 percent shooting from beyond the arc. The 6'7" forward had always been a solid shooter at Wisconsin, but that touch has drastically improved in recent seasons.
For a Lakers team that ranked third in three-point field-goal attempts during the 2012-13 NBA season, we don't need to say much about why this works.
Landry is a strong player who refuses to back down on defense, which helps him overcome the absence of elite fundamentals. With the ability to stroke it from three-point range and a veteran's shot selection, he is as NBA-ready as a 12th man could be.
The only question at this point is whether or not the Lakers believe Landry is a proficient enough shooter to make a greater impact than his competition.
Position: Power Forward
Experience: 14 Seasons
2012-13 Season Averages
10.95 PER, 4.0 PPG, 4.0 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.7 APG
According to Kevin Ding of The Orange County Register, Lamar Odom is warming up to the idea of signing with the Lakers. This comes after Odom spent seven seasons with Los Angeles, winning two NBA championships and the 2011 Sixth Man of the Year award.
Unfortunately, the Lakers aren't so sure that they want him back.
Hearing @RealLamarOdom might be coming around to joining Lakers, but Lakers not sold on what he can give them. So, still unlikely.— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) July 26, 2013
Truth be told, there would be no harm in the Lakers signing Odom.
While he may have performed at a poor level during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 regular seasons, Odom was one of the NBA's most versatile players during his time with the Lakers. In 2010-11, his most recent year with L.A., he averaged 14.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists on 38.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
With the Lakers looking to sign a player to fill out their roster, why not use that spot on a player with a combination of familiarity and star power?
The best-case scenario here is that Kobe Bryant gets Odom's head back on right, helping him get back into top physical shape and becoming a force again. The worst-case scenario is that he continues to crash the boards well, providing a defensive punch at power forward.
Truthfully, what do the Lakers have to lose?
Douglas-Roberts and Landry are more athletic than Odom, and that could make them more attractive signing pieces. With that being said, Odom has chemistry with the Lakers' current core and, if he's to lose weight, could become the Lakers' sixth man all over again.
The Lakers have one year to try to win another title before Kobe and Pau Gasol become unrestricted free agents; why not bring the entire band back together for one last run?
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