Why Lakers have signed Travis Wear

Which means, the Lakers have almost a week to make a decision on whether Wear will join Alex Caruso on a 2-way deal and, thus, create a full roster. As it stands, the Lakers have 15 players who are likely to make the team (sorry Briante Weber and Vander Blue), plus Caruso (whose 2-way deal would make 16).

One thing to keep an eye on here which is total speculation on my part…

Caruso’s 2-way deal can be converted to a standard NBA contract at any point before the regular season ends. As noted in my game recap from the loss to the Jazz, Caruso has now outplayed Tyler Ennis in the past two games. Luke Walton also credited Caruso for steadying the team in the Lakers win against the Kings and that Caruso is “catching the eye” of the coaching staff. You might see where I’m going with this…

I would not shock me if Caruso makes this roster over Ennis or, if at some point — even if it’s after the season starts — Ennis is waived in favor of Caruso. Ennis’ contract is fully guaranteed this year, but is not for the 2nd year of his deal. Waiving him only costs the Lakers money and doing so could create some roster flexibility that the team forfeited when they signed Andrew Bogut as their “15th” player.