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Lakers Hold Camp for Free Agents & Picks to Fill Team Holes

The Lakers have started a mini camp today to help fill the expected roster openings for the upcoming season. With Mitch Kupchak and new coach Mike Brown watching, the free agents and recent second round draft picks have been put through a double practice session today and will be going through a four and a half practice tomorrow.

Mitch Kupchak has gone on record saying that he hopes the Lakers can fill one of it’s roster spots with one of the second round picks and at the same time helping our back court situation. Since the Lakers have to carry a minimum of 13 players on their roster, simple math tells you that with 9 roster spots already taken up by Kobe, Pau, Fish, Drew, Artest, Lamar, Barnes, Blake and Luke, that there are four open positions for these free agents and drafts picks to fight for.

Oh, then you have to remember that we have Derrick Caracter and Devin Ebanks from last year coming back and that leaves only 2 roster spots left.

Maybe.

Although Caracter has been seen at the El Segundo Gym working hard on his game with veterans, Matt Barnes and Steve Blake, it’s not quite sure what his natural position really is. If it is what most people think, a backup center, then the Lakers might have to look at another alternative as DC is just too small to play that position. That would be a tough break for Caracter as Theo Ratliff is most likely going to retire and the Lakers really need a backup center for Drew, so Pau doesn’t exhaust himself during the regular season.

Just to recap, here are the players vying for a possible three roster spots:

On Roster Last Year:

  • Derrick Caracter
  • Devin Ebanks

2011 NBA Draft Picks

  • Darius Morris
  • Andrew Goudelock
  • Anter Majok

Free Agents Invites:

  • DJ Strawberry
  • Bobby Brown
  • JR Giddens
  • Cedric Simmons
  • Randolph Morris
  • Gerald Green
  • Bobby Simmons

The most notable player on this list hast to be former NBA Dunk Champion Gerald Green, who spent this past year playing ball over in Europe. As pointed out by our friends at Forum Blue and Gold, he was also on the Lakers Summer League roster last year. Green definitely has the nba body and natural skills of a player the Lakers could use, but the question has always been if he’s smart enough to play NBA basketball.

We’re going to see in the next few months, who gets the invite to pre-season.

Who are you pulling for?

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  • Kidjay_32

    Why is Luke still playing? Give home an asst. Coaching job and open up another spot

  • Kidjay_32

    Why is Luke still playing? Give home an asst. Coaching job and open up another spot

  • Josh

    Personally I’m pulling for Bobby Simmons. From what I remember he has a nice touch from outside and should provide as a decent back up for Kobe and Artest/Barnes. Dude used to score like 16-17ppg with LAC. I always thought he was a good player, and if he is injury free I might take a chance on him.

  • http://twitter.com/smeagle24 jeremy

    i like Gerald Green, or DJ Strawberry or JR Giddens

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503410344 Chris Aplin

    They haven’t dropped Luke yet?

  • Guest

    Where is Lighty or Hopson smh… 

    • http://www.facebook.com/charles.colemon Charles Colemon

      Lightly is at the Pheonix mini camp along with one of my favorites Matthew Bryan-Amaning.

    • http://www.facebook.com/charles.colemon Charles Colemon

      Lightly is at the Pheonix mini camp along with one of my favorites Matthew Bryan-Amaning.

    • http://www.facebook.com/charles.colemon Charles Colemon

      Lightly is at the Pheonix mini camp along with one of my favorites Matthew Bryan-Amaning.

    • http://www.facebook.com/charles.colemon Charles Colemon

      Lightly is at the Pheonix mini camp along with one of my favorites Matthew Bryan-Amaning.

    • http://www.facebook.com/charles.colemon Charles Colemon

      Lightly is at the Pheonix mini camp along with one of my favorites Matthew Bryan-Amaning.

    • http://www.facebook.com/charles.colemon Charles Colemon

      Lightly is at the Pheonix mini camp along with one of my favorites Matthew Bryan-Amaning.

    • http://www.facebook.com/charles.colemon Charles Colemon

      Lightly is at the Pheonix mini camp along with one of my favorites Matthew Bryan-Amaning.

    • http://www.facebook.com/charles.colemon Charles Colemon

      Lightly is at the Pheonix mini camp along with one of my favorites Matthew Bryan-Amaning.

  • D Brown63

    Gerald Green, Derrick Caracter, and Andrew Goudelock are the best decision for this year. We need a good clutch back court this next season, and we need to be faster in the open court. Defensively we need everyone to play their roles. The motivation should be rings! Lets go Lakers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.colemon Charles Colemon

    Morris is a no-brainer, Goudelock and Ebanks…would like to see Green and Strawberry in camp with a few bigs.

    • imba ka

      LOL. I hope you speak with yourself? Don’t post any jokes after all 
      zzzzzz

  • S-Quire

    We can’t keep Majok overseas to retain his rights?  He’s a project for sure.  Morris is sure-fire keepr, and I’d love to give Goudelock a chance.  Can we save a spot for a high-profile (okay, medium-profile) free agent with a mid-level or something?  Looks like we need a big for one thing, assuming no trades.

  • john frederick

    Darius Morris
    Gerald Green
    Devin Ebanks

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