The Los Angeles Lakers headed into their off-season with a decimated roster, looking to rebuild for the future. The NBA 2014 Summer League allows the opportunity to evaluate unsigned prospects who could earn an invite to training camp in the fall.
The ultimate goal, of course, would be to find a few diamonds in the rough who could become contributing members for the regular season and beyond.
The Lakers kicked off the process on Friday in Las Vegas on a day that also saw them obtaining point guard Jeremy Lin from the Houston Rockets. According to Dave McMenamin for ESPN LA, the Lakers traded cash consideration and “the rights to an undisclosed player stashed overseas” for Lin and a 2015 first-round draft pick.
McMenamin goes on to write that the Lakers also re-signed Nick Young to a four-year contract and Jordan Hill for two years, of which the second is a team option.
With the team’s pursuit of elite free agent Carmelo Anthony looking less hopeful by the day, Los Angeles is now focused on the nuts and bolts of putting a team together. Summer league offers not only the chance to evaluate those without an NBA home, but to get a glimpse of some of this year's lottery draft selections.
The Lakers' No. 7 pick Julius Randle was not in uniform on Friday, however—his contract has yet to be signed. Randle’s a lock to make the team roster, of course, but fans will have to wait a little longer to see him in action.