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Lakers Nation Roundtable: Who Will Get The Last Roster Spot?

NBA: Summer League-Los Angeles Clippers vs Los Angeles LakersDespite losing their top target in free agency, the Lakers have had quite a busy offseason thus far. With many shakeups to the roster, including seeing some favorites leave (Metta World Peace), the Lakers have used their Plan B to compile a roster they deem competitive, despite being limited financially on what they had to offer free agents.

It has been reported that the Lakers are set with starting the season with 14 players on their roster (of the NBA max of 15 players), which means that the Lakers have one roster spot up for grabs (taking into consideration the assumed signing of Ryan Kelly). There have been a ton of rumors of a possible reunion with Lamar Odom while two standouts from the Lakers’ Summer League, Marcus Landry and Chris Douglas-Roberts, are making noise for a spot.

It should be noted that Landry has agreed to a “small guarantee” contract with the Lakers, which essentially means a camp invite with the remaining possibility that he could be cut. Therefore, that last roster spot remains open. We asked our Lakers Nation roundtable writers who they think will get the last roster spot out of Odom, Douglas-Roberts or Landry, and here’s what they had to say:

Suki Thind (@TheRealSuki): I’m going with Lamar Odom here, simply because I hope it’s what the Lakers choose and feel he’ll be the best fit. I recently wrote an article detailing exactly which areas Odom would be an asset; naming versatility on offense and defense, ability to rebound, ability to create shots for himself and others, familiarity with Kobe and Pau, and finally, being a bridge between the back court and front court as key assets.

Additionally, Odom can play the role of “stretch four” in Mike D’Antoni’s offense, and while he may not be the best shooter out there, he’s able to operate along the perimeter and also take the ball into the post. Odom’s ability to rebound the ball and push it up the court in one swoop can be another plus if the Lakers bring him back. His constant mentality to move the ball around will certainly be an added benefit to a team that often lacked chemistry last season.

As for Odom and why he should join the Lakers over the Clippers, it’s simple. While the Clippers may be looking at a more promising season, Odom will likely get more playing time and responsibility with his old Lakers team. He had his best seasons here, and he’s never really looked comfortable since leaving — and his numbers have showed that. If he comes back to the Lakers, I can almost guarantee that he’ll average much better numbers than the 4.0 points and 5.9 rebounds he did last season. Will he get 14.4 points and 5.9 rebounds like he did in his last season with the Lakers? Probably not, but he at least knows his role with the Lakers and knows how to play with two of its key pieces.

Ryan Ward (@Lakers_Examiner): With the Los Angeles Lakers’ roster for the upcoming NBA season shaping up, it’s decision time for Mitch Kupchak and company in terms of which player or players will be added to the roster before next season.

Currently, the team is seriously considering adding one or two of three players. Chris Douglas-Roberts, Marcus Landry and Lamar Odom are the three atop the list of potential candidates. The popular pick is Odom with the team already bringing back Jordan Farmar and having already considered other former players like Sasha Vujacic and Josh Powell.

Although Odom is the fan favorite and expressed interest in a reunion, it’s doubtful it’ll happen at this point in time. Odom is warming up to the prospect of returning to the Lakers, but the team isn’t sold on the idea.

Landry and Douglas-Roberts have emerged as the favorites to ultimately land with the team after the signing of undrafted rookie Elias Harris. Landry might have the clear edge after seemingly receiving a training camp invite, but Douglas-Roberts has been on the team’s radar for quite some time with the journeyman participating in training camp last year as well.

As of right now, I’d have to go with Landry getting the nod unless Odom emerges as a better option. Landry played well during the summer league and seems to have made an impression.

Although Douglas-Roberts may also be given a training camp invite, Landry will likely be the player that is signed to a guaranteed contract.

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Ramneet Singh (@RamneetSingh24): I will have to go with the former Laker Lamar Odom. In my eyes, the final roster spot will come down to two players, one being Odom and the other being Marcus Landry. Even though Chris Douglas-Roberts has familiarized himself with the team over the past couple of seasons and performed well in the Summer League, it is hard seeing him make the roster. The Lakers already have a handful of players in the back court and at the small forward position, which is why I cannot imagine the front office adding another player in that position.

However, the Lakers can use some front court depth, and that is why Lamar Odom will be most beneficial. Not only does the 6-10 forward have a height advantage over the 6-7 Landry, Odom is a far more versatile player. Odom would work perfectly in the Lakers’ rotation and will be an ideal back up for Jordan Hill at the power forward position.

The beauty of Odom is that although his default position is the four, he can easily fit in as the small forward and can handle to ball to take pressure off Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash.

Elizabeth Benson (@gobibs): My vote is for Marcus Landry to get the last roster spot on the Lakers’ squad, assuming they go with the 14-man roster as reported. While I thought Lamar Odom seemed like the no brainer choice several weeks ago, I changed my tune after Landry’s impressive and consistent showing at this year’s Summer League in Las Vegas, where he averaged 15.2 points a game while shooting 42.1 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from behind the arc.

Is he the perfect all-around player? No. However, I feel like the Lakers are evolving their roster to allow Mike D’Antoni to run his system with fewer and less dramatic changes than last season. Therefore, I feel that Landry best suits the system that is in place right now.

In fact, he has gone on record in support of D’Antoni’s system and is comfortable and familiar with it from his brief stint in New York under D’Antoni’s coaching. The Lakers are poised to be bigger threats at the three-point line this season, and Landry shot 42.8 percent from the three last season in the D-League.

Yes, a Lamar Odom reuniting with the Lakers would be sentimental, but I think the Lakers have moved on. While I believe Chris Douglas-Roberts is an almost definite camp invitee, my vote remains with Marcus Landry to make the roster.

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  • Daryl Peek

    They left out the dark horse Shawne Williams. He got a camp invite also and D’Antoni is a huge fan of him. I’ve been highly critical of bringing LO back. I feel this way simply because it just feels like it’s time to move on…

    Deep down inside it would be great to see LO in a Laker uni again.

    • nlruizjr

      Desire is something you can not turn on and off at your whim or anybody’s whim. Odom has proven that his desire has faded and at his age, I doubt that it will return, whereas you have 2-3 candidates that have a high desire to be with the Lakers and they are not rookies, they all have about 3 yrs. exp., just where they start to develope and be productive players (CDR, Landry and either S. Williams or L. Hayward), now it the Lakers are undecided, then put them all on the Practice squad and let them decide on their own who the Lakers need to keep.

  • Eddie Lazaro

    I still pick Odom. not for sentimentality reasons but for facts that his ability and experienced being a locker room leader and as Champion is second to none. Odom was never the same since the CP3 trade, but he listen to Kobe who can put his perspective in place. Everyone can say he is risky, yes, but we’re gambling with these young kids also. We do not know if they can all shake their jitters in the spotlights. With Odom, we have a guy who a great team mate, a pass first, a rebounder, a defender, a proven second squad leader and a nightmare match up. We can get all the qualities he got from another player., but not with the budget we are to offer, which is a small risk compared to a positive great result.

    • Daryl Peek

      “Khloe Kardashian reportedly making Lamar Odom take lie detector test”

      Given LO’s fragile mental make up this is not good going forward. LO is known to mentally check out when his personal life is a mess. Kobe alone is not enough IMO. LO leaned on Fisher, Phil and Metta as Lakeshow family. When his family member died while a Laker he seriously considered taking a season off as he struggled in season. This could be that all over again.

      • Eddie Lazaro

        We know from the beginning that the TWAT family of wife he’s got is no good for him. They will sell him to chinese soup and belt maker if they can better cash of of him. I hope this is not the end of his very promising career. Well, I guess the last open slot is for another younger on the taking. TOO BAD!

      • Jim213

        LOL… many got this one wrong but you nailed it given his mental state. I was thinking LO but started to have doubts given his personal life drama and not choosing a team adequately.

        I’m still for bringing in someone with experience but given the short list one player to consider maybe Ivan Johnson though he wouldn’t take a vet contract IMO given he’s considering playing overseas. They should at least get a 14 player roster though.

  • ra

    Should consider LO’s asset on the defensive end. Again, one of the ‘hallmarks’ of the Lakers D years ago was what they referred to as ‘length’. With Pau, Bynum, and LO, we had a ‘long net’ that was difficult to get past. If we get LO, we have 2 out of the 3. Kaman isn’t ‘long’, but he may be intimidating enough to bring back something close to that D structure of years ago.

    Also, we might need that because Nash is like a ‘sieve’, letting through opponents into the paint. And Kobe won’t be able to provide D like he did in the past (yes, he was all-D for several years), since he may need his Achilles to not be subjected to the stress of lateral movement, in the healing process.

    For offense, if we have enough shooters for Nash to dish, we should be ok. We need someone who can help out with defense, and that would be LO over the others.

    • lilian strutt

      what Thomas said I am shocked that some people able to get paid $5731 in a few weeks on the computer. did you read this website w­w­w.K­E­P­2.c­o­m

    • LALKB24

      BAD DECISIONS(based on the time):
      1. NAsh-we know that he’s old but we still trade licks for him, BAD IDEA, we could have get RONDO for better passing and DEFENSE
      2. ODOM-why trade odom?we MUST KEEP HIM, just trade bynum but no LO
      3.MDA- we should forgive Jackson for a week of time he asks. We just need to be patient
      _________________________________________________________________
      (Possible assets)
      ’14
      Odom(SIGN HIM NOW)
      Rondo via trade (LAL,Bos,and raps)
      extend gasol contract until 2016 season (9m,7m,5m)
      ’15
      Bogut(avoid him to sign with miami,make an offer of 17.5m$ besides we’re also championship conteders in 2015(look for LALKB24 comment)
      Sign VUJACIC,ROY
      Sure championship title
      ’16
      Rondo UFA, if we didn’t get him before 2014 season(wish we do)
      LOve,Hibbert(player opt)
      trade bogut for drft picks and nerlens noel/anthony davis whoever is better for K.Love’s backup
      Roster:
      Rondo,augustin,udrih
      Bryant,roy,vujacic
      Kirilenko,cdr,(parsons?)
      Love,noel/davis,blair
      Hibbert,Gasol,sacre
      SURE CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES AGAIN,AFTER 2016 SEASON, KOBE WOULD BE RETIRING WITH 7 RINGS AND AT 2017 SEASON,WE ONLY NEED WING PLAYERS TO PLAY WITH RONDO,LOVE,HIBBERT(hope it’s durant but we’ll be over the salary with the BIG 4)

  • mike Green

    Al Harrington just got waived, mayb a good pickup there

    • Daryl Peek

      Meh, it’s not with the youth movement.

  • pilipinas

    choose the best fit in the team

  • ersliva

    THE LAKERS HAVE UNDER CONTRACT 7 GUARDS ALONG WITH 3 CENTERS AND 2 FORWARDS….AND OUT OF THOSE 12 ONLY 5 OF THEM ARE 100% FROM AFRICAN DECENT THUSLY MAKING THIS THE MOST NON PURE BLACK RACED TEAM IN THEIR HISTORY SINCE THE SLOW AND SHORT LAKER TEAMS OF THE MID 70′S…
    ADDING ODOM WOULD DO JUSTICE TO THE NEED OF HIEGHT…AND RACE….
    BUT THIS IS NOW A LITTLE KKK JIMMY BUSS FORMED TEAM RUN BY THAT INCOMPETANT COACH ADOLPH D’AHOLE NOW…..OF COARSE THEY WILL SIGN THEIR WHITE 6’11 IN DRAFT PICK….GIVING THEM 13….
    HOPEFULLY THEY WILL ALSO SIGN ODOM AND THEN DECIDE TO GO 15 DEEP BY ADDING ANOTHER VET FORWARD TO THE TEAM THATS NOT WHITE……

  • CG

    BRING BACK ODOM

  • LALKB24

    LAL get rondo,bass
    BOS get lowry,gay 1st rd pick
    Rap get nash,hill,meeks,bradley

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