Lakers Nation Roundtable: Necessary Roster Additions?
[new_royalslider id=”312″]

Earlier this week, the Lakers signed second-round pick Jordan Clarkson to a contract, bringing the Lakers roster to 13 players. The maximum the Lakers can carry is 15, and the Lakers remain about $2 million below the luxury tax giving them the capability to add one or two more minimum contracts if they see fit.

The Lakers definitely have some holes on the roster. The small forward position is pretty thin and the Lakers lack a true center and rim protector. As much as head coach Byron Scott has been preaching defense this off-season, the Lakers seem to have a lot of players who are below-average on that end of the floor.

The team, for their part, has been looking into possibilities. They have worked out unrestricted free agent Michael Beasley twice. The second time was part of a group featuring seven other free agents such as guard Bobby Brown and center Greg Stiemsma.

— Have You Seen These LIMITED EDITION “All Lin For LA” T-Shirts? —

With training camp set to begin soon, the Lakers would be wise to add someone before then if that is their intention. But would any free agent addition make that much of a difference in the Lakers season?

We asked our panel of experts, should the Lakers add any new players in free agency before the season starts? This is what they had to say:

Russell Valenzuela (@RussVal4): It wouldn’t hurt the Lakers to add more players to their roster. There is a glaring hole at the small forward position with just Xavier Henry and Wesley Johnson as the primary three men. Kobe Bryant and Nick Young can also move over, but adding depth would be nice.

Since the Lakers worked out Michael Beasley for a second time Wednesday, it appears the team is somewhat interested in bringing him along for a camp invite.

When Beasley’s head is in the game and focused, he is still one of the better talents in the league. In limited minutes and outings with the Miami Heat last year, he shot a career high 50 percent from the field.

Signing Beasley or anyone else would be a low risk move as they would be brought on cheaply and possibly on non-guaranteed money. At the very least, the addition will push everyone else on the roster to try harder in training camp given the extra competition.

Ryan Ward (@Lakers_Examiner): The biggest concern for the Los Angeles Lakers heading into next season will be the small forward position. Wesley Johnson is the only true small forward on the roster and he’s coming off a disappointing season which convinced many that he wouldn’t be re-signed this summer.

With no one seemingly sold on Wes becoming a force to be reckoned with, small forward will be a weakness for the Lakers once again unless a move is made. Kobe Bryant, Xavier Henry and Nick Young can play the position, but Henry might be the only one to get considerable time at the three spot.

One player that could provide some depth and insurance at small forward is free agent Michael Beasley. The former second overall pick worked out with the team recently, but wasn’t signed.

Although Beasley didn’t leave the Lakers practice facility with a contract, the team is interested in speaking with him again. It is uncertain if the team is truly considering Beasley as a viable option, but it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that he lands in Los Angeles before next season.

Beasley would help provide insurance at the small forward position if Johnson is unable to make an impact. Johnson will likely be the starter at the three spot at the beginning of next season unless Henry is deemed the better option by head coach Byron Scott.

Outside of Beasley, I really don’t see any other free agents worth rolling the dice on.

— Lakers Nation BLOWOUT SALE! Shirts Start At $12.50 + Free Shipping! Use Code: REDEMPTION —

Nathan Kim (@Kimchiz): The Lakers recently worked out 8 players. The pool of players was quite underwhelming and none of them really stood out.

The only player that is really recognizable from the list players that worked out is Michael Beasley. Beasley had his worst statistical season last year with the Miami Heat and his stats have declined in each of the last three seasons.

He was ultimately unable to contribute to the team throughout the season and has yet to prove his potential as the former 2nd overall draft pick. However, the Lakers have recently been a platform where struggling players have been able to play up to their potential. Perhaps a gamble on Beasley would reap dividends for the Lakers.

I however, believe that the Lakers are currently looking for a legitimate center to add to their roster. They worked out three big men in Dexter Pittman, Greg Stiemsma, and Daniel Orton.

Orton is a bit undersized, while Pittman has had played in the league for 5 years with little to show for it. If the Lakers are to add a player to their front court out, I would choose Greg Stiemsma. Stiemsma is a pretty good rim protector and the Lakers may need another center with size to support Robert Sacre.

Corey Hansford (@TheeCoreyH): With 13 players, the Lakers roster is pretty much set. However, there are still needs on this roster and they should be filled if possible.

The small forward position is definitely a weak position, and Michael Beaasley has been worked out, but I don’t think he provides what the Lakers need from that position. He’s a minus defender, and an average shooter.

In my opinion, anyone the Lakers bring in should either be a lockdown defender, three-point shooter, or a rim protector. Of the people the Lakers worked out, Greg Stiemsma or Toney Douglas would make the most sense.

Douglas would provide an extra ball-handler and a feisty perimeter defender. He is also capable of lighting it up from deep. But ultimately I would choose Stiemsma if the Lakers had to add one more player. He is relatively athletic and is a great shot blocker. The Lakers don’t have a single great rim protector on the roster. He would bring something the Lakers don’t have, making him an ideal addition.

Kevin Chan (@Kevin_Cruiser): The Lakers are a bit thin at small forward – Wesley Johnson is the only true player at the position. Nick Young and Kobe may play some small forward as well if the Lakers decide to go small. The front office is aware of this depth issue and has worked out a few players including Michael Beasley in the past few weeks.

I’m not a huge fan of Beasley and don’t really think he has much upside. Reportedly the Heat had no interest in resigning Beasley after the season due to his inconsistencies and deficiencies on defense. Beasley is known to be a minus defender and it’s mainly due to lack of effort rather than lack of ability.

Instead I’d like the Lakers to pursue Chris Douglas-Roberts, who is still a free agent. They should be able to sign him for the veteran’s minimum which is all the Lakers have left to sign additional players.

CDR attended training camp with the Lakers two years ago and actually earned some respect from Kobe for his tenacity and fire. According to CDR, he dueled Kobe in one-on-one and refused to back down.

Douglas-Roberts is a hard working player who has bounced around the league. He’s a jack of all trades and is not afraid to do the dirty work. I like to think of him as a poor man’s Shawn Marion. Hopefully the Lakers front office can give CDR a chance at small forward.

[divide]

Lakers Jeremy’s Lin’s Wax Figure, Plus Says He’s A ‘Subplot’ Of Kobe Vs. Dwight


Please enable Javascript to watch this video

I just want to say I am just all new to blogs and certainly loved this blog. Probably I’m likely to bookmark your site . You actually come with amazing stories. Kudos for revealing your web site.

  • Aw, this was a truly good article. In idea I would like to put in creating such as this in addition? requiring time and also actual initiative to make an excellent article? yet what can I claim? I put things off alot as well as by no means seem to get something done.

  • Hi! Someone in my Facebook group shared this website with us so I came to give it a look. I’m definitely loving the information. I’m book-marking and will be tweeting this to my followers! Terrific blog and outstanding design.

  • I was very happy to discover this web-site. I wished to many thanks for your time for this remarkable read!! I absolutely appreciating every little of it and also I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you blog post.

  • Can I simply state what a relief to locate someone who in fact understands what theyre discussing on the internet. You definitely understand just how to bring an issue to light and also make it crucial. Even more people need to read this and comprehend this side of the tale. I angle think youre not extra popular due to the fact that you certainly have the gift.

  • Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is a really well written article. I’ll be sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your useful information. Thanks for the post. I’ll certainly comeback.

  • When I originally commented I clicked the -Alert me when new remarks are added- checkbox and currently each time a comment is added I get four emails with the exact same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service? Many thanks!

  • After research a few of the post on your web site now, and I absolutely like your method of blogging. I bookmarked it to my book marking web site checklist as well as will certainly be examining back quickly. Pls check out my website too as well as let me know what you think.

  • Aw, this was a really good post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to make a good article… but what can I say… I hesitate a whole lot and never manage to get anything done.

  • You’re so awesome! I do not suppose I’ve truly read through anything like that before. So good to discover someone with unique thoughts on this topic. Really.. thanks for starting this up. This website is something that is required on the internet, someone with a bit of originality!

  • I’m amazed, I must say. Rarely do I come across a blog that’s equally educative and interesting, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head. The issue is something that not enough men and women are speaking intelligently about. Now i’m very happy that I came across this during my search for something relating to this.

  • I have to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this site. I really hope to check out the same high-grade content by you in the future as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has encouraged me to get my very own website now 😉

  • When I originally left a comment I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now every time a comment is added I get 4 emails with the exact same comment. There has to be a way you are able to remove me from that service? Thanks!

  • When I originally left a comment I appear to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on whenever a comment is added I get 4 emails with the same comment. Perhaps there is a means you can remove me from that service? Kudos!

  • The very next time I read a blog, Hopefully it doesn’t fail me as much as this one. After all, Yes, it was my choice to read, however I actually believed you would have something interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of moaning about something that you could fix if you weren’t too busy looking for attention.

  • Good day! I simply wish to offer you a big thumbs up for the great info you’ve got right here on this post. I’ll be returning to your site for more soon.

  • You are so awesome! I do not think I’ve read something like that before. So great to find another person with some original thoughts on this subject. Really.. thank you for starting this up. This website is something that is required on the internet, someone with some originality!

  • Right here is the perfect web site for anybody who would like to understand this topic. You know a whole lot its almost tough to argue with you (not that I actually would want to…HaHa). You certainly put a brand new spin on a topic that has been discussed for many years. Excellent stuff, just great!

  • Good day! I could have sworn I’ve visited this blog before but after going through many of the articles I realized it’s new to me. Regardless, I’m definitely happy I came across it and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back regularly!

  • I would like to thank you for the efforts you have put in penning this site. I really hope to check out the same high-grade blog posts from you later on as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get my own, personal site now 😉

  • You made some decent factors there. I looked on the net for the concern as well as discovered most people will certainly go along with with your website.

  • When I originally commented I appear to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a comment is added I receive 4 emails with the same comment. Perhaps there is a way you can remove me from that service? Thank you!

  • Spot on with this write-up, I absolutely believe that this web site needs a lot more attention. I’ll probably be returning to see more, thanks for the advice!

  • I blog often and I genuinely thank you for your content. The article has really peaked my interest. I’m going to book mark your site and keep checking for new details about once per week. I subscribed to your RSS feed as well.

  • Can I just say what a comfort to discover an individual who actually knows what they are talking about on the internet. You definitely realize how to bring an issue to light and make it important. A lot more people ought to read this and understand this side of the story. I was surprised you are not more popular given that you definitely possess the gift.

  • Oh my goodness! Amazing article dude! Thank you so much, However I am going through troubles with your RSS. I don’t know the reason why I am unable to subscribe to it. Is there anybody getting the same RSS issues? Anyone who knows the answer will you kindly respond? Thanks!!

  • Great blog post. I discover something a lot more challenging on various blogs everyday. It will constantly be promoting to read web content from various other writers as well as practice a something from their shop. I?d like to utilize some with the material on my blog site whether you don?t mind. Natually I?ll provide you a web link on your web blog. Many thanks for sharing.

  • Having read this I believed it was rather enlightening. I appreciate you taking the time and energy to put this article together. I once again find myself personally spending a significant amount of time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worthwhile!

  • Oh my goodness! Amazing article dude! Thanks, However I am having issues with your RSS. I don’t understand the reason why I can’t subscribe to it. Is there anybody getting identical RSS issues? Anyone who knows the answer will you kindly respond? Thanx!!

  • After exploring a number of the articles on your web site, I seriously appreciate your technique of writing a blog. I book marked it to my bookmark website list and will be checking back soon. Please visit my web site too and tell me how you feel.

  • Oh my goodness! Amazing article dude! Many thanks, However I am having troubles with your RSS. I don’t know why I am unable to subscribe to it. Is there anybody else having similar RSS problems? Anyone that knows the answer will you kindly respond? Thanx!!

  • It’s hard to come by educated people for this topic, but you seem like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

  • Spot on with this write-up, I absolutely believe that this website needs a great deal more attention. I’ll probably be returning to read through more, thanks for the info!

  • I truly love your blog.. Very nice colors & theme. Did you build this site yourself? Please reply back as I’m attempting to create my very own website and would like to find out where you got this from or exactly what the theme is called. Thanks!

  • Aw, this was an extremely nice post. Taking the time and actual effort to generate a superb article… but what can I say… I hesitate a lot and never manage to get nearly anything done.

  • I was more than happy to discover this website. I need to to thank you for ones time for this particularly wonderful read!! I definitely enjoyed every part of it and I have you book marked to see new things on your web site.

  • An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a friend who had been doing a little research on this. And he in fact bought me lunch simply because I discovered it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending the time to discuss this topic here on your internet site.

  • I was excited to discover this great site. I want to to thank you for your time for this particularly wonderful read!! I definitely really liked every little bit of it and i also have you saved as a favorite to look at new stuff in your site.

  • I needed to thank you for this fantastic read!! I certainly loved every little bit of it. I have you saved as a favorite to look at new stuff you post…

  • I?d need to check with you right here. Which is not something I typically do! I appreciate checking out a blog post that will certainly make individuals assume. Also, thanks for permitting me to comment!

  • Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular article! It’s the little changes that produce the greatest changes. Thanks a lot for sharing!

  • Hi there! I could have sworn I’ve been to your blog before but after looking at a few of the posts I realized it’s new to me. Regardless, I’m certainly pleased I came across it and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back often!

  • I blog frequently and I genuinely appreciate your content. This great article has truly peaked my interest. I am going to book mark your blog and keep checking for new information about once per week. I opted in for your Feed too.

  • Spot on with this write-up, I actually think this site needs a great deal more attention. I’ll probably be returning to see more, thanks for the information!

  • I uncovered your blog site on google as well as inspect a few of your early posts. Remain to maintain the great run. I just extra up your RSS feed to my MSN News Visitor. Seeking forward to finding out more from you later on!?

  • Everything is very open with a precise explanation of the issues. It was definitely informative. Your website is extremely helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  • You should be a part of a contest for one of the finest blogs on the net. I most certainly will recommend this web site!

  • You made some decent points there. I looked on the internet to find out more about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this web site.

  • Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon everyday. It’s always useful to read articles from other writers and practice something from their websites.

  • Aw, this was a very nice post. Taking the time and actual effort to make a top notch article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a whole lot and don’t manage to get nearly anything done.

  • This is the perfect blog for everyone who would like to understand this topic. You understand a whole lot its almost tough to argue with you (not that I actually will need to…HaHa). You definitely put a fresh spin on a subject which has been discussed for decades. Wonderful stuff, just excellent!

  • Good blog you have got here.. It’s difficult to find high-quality writing like yours nowadays. I really appreciate people like you! Take care!!

  • The very next time I read a blog, I hope that it does not fail me just as much as this particular one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read, but I really thought you would have something helpful to talk about. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you could possibly fix if you were not too busy searching for attention.

  • A motivating discussion is worth comment. I do believe that you ought to write more on this subject, it may not be a taboo matter but usually folks don’t talk about these issues. To the next! Best wishes!!

  • Howdy! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after browsing through a few of the articles I realized it’s new to me. Regardless, I’m certainly pleased I found it and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back often!

  • A fascinating discussion is definitely worth comment. I do believe that you ought to publish more about this subject matter, it might not be a taboo matter but generally folks don’t discuss these issues. To the next! Cheers!!

  • After looking at a handful of the blog posts on your web page, I honestly appreciate your way of blogging. I saved it to my bookmark webpage list and will be checking back soon. Take a look at my website as well and let me know how you feel.

  • Your style is very unique compared to other people I’ve read stuff from. Thanks for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this page.

  • Right here is the right web site for anybody who wants to find out about this topic. You know a whole lot its almost hard to argue with you (not that I actually will need to…HaHa). You definitely put a fresh spin on a subject which has been written about for years. Great stuff, just wonderful!

  • It’s difficult to find experienced people on this topic, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

  • An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a co-worker who was doing a little research on this. And he actually ordered me lunch due to the fact that I discovered it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending time to talk about this issue here on your web page.

  • Having read this I believed it was very enlightening. I appreciate you taking the time and energy to put this content together. I once again find myself spending a lot of time both reading and leaving comments. But so what, it was still worthwhile!

  • Good post. I discover something more tough on various blog sites everyday. It will certainly always be stimulating to read material from other authors and also practice a something from their store. I?d like to use some with the web content on my blog site whether you don?t mind. Natually I?ll offer you a web link on your web blog. Thanks for sharing.

  • I am commonly to blog writing and i really appreciate your material. The article has actually peaks my interest. I am going to bookmark your site and also maintain checking for new details.

  • I was really delighted to find this web-site. I intended to thanks for your time for this terrific read!! I absolutely taking pleasure in every bit of it and I have you bookmarked to take a look at new stuff you article.

  • Youre so trendy! I do not intend Ive read anything similar to this before. So nice to locate somebody with some initial ideas on this subject. realy thanks for starting this up. this site is something that is needed online, someone with a little originality. useful job for bringing something new to the internet!

  • After study a few of the blog posts on your internet site currently, as well as I truly like your means of blog writing. I bookmarked it to my book marking internet site listing and will be examining back quickly. Pls take a look at my internet site too as well as let me understand what you assume.

  • Area on with this write-up, I genuinely believe this website needs much more factor to consider. I?ll most likely be once again to check out a lot more, many thanks for that details.

  • Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published.