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  • keen observer

    keen observer 3:42 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink |  

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 3:44 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think we’d have to suffer a slew of injuries for Caruso to see any minutes. .

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:22 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink |  

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:12 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink |  

    Per ESPN, Lakers never offered Derrick Rose a contract despite meeting with him 

     
  • keen observer

    keen observer 3:12 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink |  

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:56 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink |  

    What bringing back Ennis means to Thomas Bryant 

    Before Ennis signs his deal, the Lakers actually have a small slice of cap space left – roughly $815K to be more accurate. Why does this matter? Well, the Lakers 2nd round pick Thomas Bryant remains unsigned currently. Players selected in the 2nd round can sign for two years using the minimum salary exception (what Ennis just signed for) or a piece of/full amount of any other exception on the books (like the room exception I mentioned above). But a contract using one of those exceptions can only be for 2 years.

    However, if you use cap space to sign a 2nd round pick, that contract can be for up to 4 years. The Lakers have likely been saving that last sliver of cap space to try to sign Thomas Bryant to a 3 year (or longer) contract. Having a player signed for 3 years or longer means you obtain his full Bird Rights at the end of the deal and allows you to match full offer sheets when that player hits restricted free agency after his contract is up. If a player hits free agency after his 2nd season, he is subject to the Arenas Provision which limits what can be offered and matched in RFA (restricted free agency), which complicates this entire process for the incumbent team. If you recall Jordan Clarkson’s FA options, you’ll know this well.

    Getting back to Ennis, then, when he signs his deal will matter here. If he signs before Thomas Bryant signs, the Lakers will only be able to offer a 2-year contract to Bryant. So, this is something to keep an eye on. The fact that Bryant has not yet signed is a clear indicator to me that the Lakers want him to sign a deal longer than 2 years. The fact it’s not done strongly implies Bryant/his agent are resistant to this.

    On a different (and last) note, the Lakers could still chase another wing in either a pure SG/SF type or even still look at Ian Clark as a combo guard who defends PG’s but mostly fills the role of a shooting guard on offense. Despite signing Ennis, the Lakers could still use some depth on the perimeter and I wouldn’t yet rule out Clark entirely. We’ll see how it goes.

    For now, though, welcome back to Tyler Ennis. I look forward to seeing if he can improve and grow as he ages and gets more reps under these coaches.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:57 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Clark probably makes good sense, which would move Clarkson to backup point guard and Ennis to second backup. I see Clark as a 2 so it leaves backup 3 for Kuzma.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:41 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink |  

    Grades for Lakers re-signing Tyler Ennis 

    Ennis was best remembered for his surprisingly strong play at the tail-end of the Lakers’ tank job to close the season, averaging 11.8 points and 3.4 assists per game on .500/.500/.833 shooting splits over the team’s five-game win streak in April that nearly doomed their top-three protected pick.

    Luckily, Ennis’ late-season heroics did not condemn the Lakers to losing a first-rounder, as they actually improved to No. 2 in the draft lottery. On a minimum contract, signing a 22-year-old floor general with room to improve in his game is a nice move, especially after not getting Derrick Rose. In fact, this is arguably a better move.

    Bourguet Grade: B

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:38 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink |  

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:27 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink |  

    Lakers agree to deal with point guard Tyler Ennis 

    Ennis, 22, would primarily play at the backup point guard spot behind rookie Lonzo Ball. The Lakers liked how Ennis filled that role behind D’Angelo Russell last season, when he posted a career-high 7.7 points on 45.1 percent shooting and 2.4 assists in 17.8 minutes through 22 games following a mid-season trade from Houston.

    The Lakers were intrigued with how Clark could improve the team’s outside shooting after averaging a career-high 6.8 points while shooting 48.7 percent from the field and 37.4 percent from 3-point range last season with Golden State. Despite playing only four years in the NBA, the 26-year-old Clark’s championship experience last season with the Warriors could be valuable to the team’s young roster. But the Lakers also have other shooting guard options with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Jordan Clarkson and Josh Hart.

    The Lakers have 14 players under contract for their regular-season roster, which is the maximum number of players they can carry for the regular season. But the Lakers also can sign another player to a two-way contract after recently doing that for guard Alex Caruso. Lakers rookie center Thomas Bryant could be a candidate for a two-way contract, which would allow a player to spend up to 45 days with an NBA team and the remaining time with its G-League affiliate. The Lakers and South Bay Lakers would split the costs on the player, depending on how long he is with each organization.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:30 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      So according to Mark Medina, Ennis will be the Lakers backup to Lonzo, Clark is no longer a candidate to be signed, and Bryant is a candidate for a two-way deal.

    • keen observer

      keen observer 2:39 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I count 13 and a two-way available and I thought 15 was the max they could carry with 2 two-ways. I think he’s wrong, especially in light of what Pincus is saying. Your thoughts, Tom.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:47 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yes, 13 + 1 = 14
        1 regular + 1 two-way contract available

        Ball, Ennis, (Caruso)
        KCP, Clarkson, Hart
        Ingram, Kuzma, Brewer
        Randle, Nance, Deng
        Lopez, Zubac

        Room exception plus two-way available.

        Speights and Bryant?

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:12 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink |  

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:13 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Assuming Clark signs as backup shooting guard and Clarkson moves over to backup point guard.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 2:18 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Ennis is an excellent distributor and his 3point shooting improved when given minutes last season. I still wouldn’t be shocked if the Lakers used that Room Exception money on Deron Williams. From what Eric Pincus has been posting, it sounds like they might piece off some of it to Thomas Bryant on a 3 yr deal. We’ll see, but at least the pieces to the puzzle have pretty much been finalized barring a surprise trade.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:11 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink |  

    Julius Randle discusses his thoughts on the D’Angelo Russell trade, which he called “tough” 

     
  • keen observer

    keen observer 2:05 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink |  

     
  • keen observer

    keen observer 1:56 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink |  

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:47 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink |  

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:04 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      With Ennis aboard, we now have a backup at every position:

      PG: Ennis
      SG: Clarkson
      SF: Kuzma
      PF: Nance, Jr.
      CE: Zubac

      Still seems to me we could use instant offense off the bench to go with Clarkson.
      Could Kyle Kuzma be that player as a rookie?
      Would Ian Clark be that player?
      Would Clark move Clarkson to the 1 or the bench?

      Considering Zubac’s regression, I might look to sign Bryant to the two-way and use the room exception to sign Marreese Speights. That would give us a threat from deep at the 5 to spread the floor all game long.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 2:12 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Why are you writing off Zubac after a lousy Summer League? He’s only 20! Give the kid a chance to get his as$ in shape. I posted that before and after of Marc Gasol below that no one commented on. have some patience with the kid. He still has a ton of potential.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:22 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I’m not writing him off but I’m very concerned and don’t think he is going to get many minutes. His regression opens up more opportunities to go small with Randle, Nance, or even Kuzma at center, like in the summer league.

          The promise of Zubac is a Marc Gasol all-around center clone, which suddenly looks like fools gold. Maybe this will be a wake up call but something wasn’t right with Zubac this summer. He needs to come to camp and show this summer was a fluke.

          Speights can be a deadly weapon off the bench and his ability to spread the floor would help guys like Clarkson and Kuzma attack the rim. Luke knows him and he knows the system. Great shooter and scorer. OK defender who does good job drawing charges.

          • keen observer

            keen observer 2:49 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I am shocked that you categorically call this a “regression” and that it is already “Fool’s gold.” FWIW, the Lakers did win the really important Summer League with ZU as the starting center and while he was obviously out of shape and seemingly unmotivated, he did play well the last couple of games.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:08 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink

              LOL, Keeny. I said “looks like fools gold” and it is a regression until he turns it around, which I hope he will do.

              What we cannot ignore is that part of the problem for Zubac this summer was we were playing a lot of small ball and the faster pace exposed the difficulty that traditional centers have when teams go small.

              And yes, he did play better the last two games.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:45 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink |  

     
    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 1:46 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Why are some so high on him? He hardly played in the Summer League. I just asking, cuz I don’t know.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:50 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        He can shoot the 3, has a 7-6 wingspan, and quick enough feet to switch on picks. Even though a second round pick, Lakers always planned to sign him to a regular contract rather than a two-way.

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 1:51 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          So why didn’t he play full time in the Summer LT?

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:54 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Kuzma and Zubac. We went small most of the time, often with Wear or Kuzma at the 5, often with a 5-out offensive set. When Bryant played, he looked good. Has a very nice shot and quick feet for a guy who is not a leaper but very long. He could be a better backup basic center than Zubac as his outside game is similar to Brook’s.

      • Worthy42

        Worthy42 1:54 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I agree -- he had some flashes, but was not very consistent. The kid needs seasoning.

  • keen observer

    keen observer 1:35 PM on July 25, 2017 Permalink |  

     
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