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Lakers News: Team To Make Decision On Ryan Kelly Before June 30

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The 2013-14 NBA season was a disaster for the Los Angeles Lakers. Nothing went right all year long with the team suffering a historic amount of injuries while also finishing the season with a franchise-worst 27-55 record.

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Although the season was a massive disappointment for the purple and gold, one player performed much better than anticipated and may have secured a future with the team. Rookie Ryan Kelly had a solid first season with the Lakers and might be able to return next season.

According to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com, the Lakers have a decision to make on Kelly in the coming weeks:

The Lakers have until June 30 to decide if they’ll make 2013-14 rookie Ryan Kelly a restricted free agent.

With only Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and Robert Sacre currently under contract, the Lakers will likely look to fill the roster with young players eager to make an impression. Kelly fits that mold and will likely be retained as long as other teams around the league don’t value him more than the Lakers are willing to pay.

If the Lakers make Kelly a restricted free agent, the team will be able to match any offer teams will send his way. The Duke product definitely turned a lot of heads this season with his play off the bench, but it remains to be seen what the market will be for the sharp-shooting forward.

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Kelly proved to be a perfect fit for Mike D’Antoni’s offense with the ability to stretch the floor. Kelly improved with more time on the floor in Los Angeles and could continue to do so if given the chance next season.

Along with Kelly, the Lakers also have decisions to make on numerous other players including Pau Gasol, Nick Young, and Kent Bazemore. Basically, the entire roster is up for grabs with no clear indication on what players will be retained.
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  • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

    What decision is there to be made? Qualifying offer is about $1 million. He’ll get higher offers, but extend the offer and give yourself the option to match.

  • Daryl Peek

    Keep Kelly, that’s all.

  • bec

    he is a liability to the team. He has no D and can’t protect the rim. He is a good stretch four but too soft down there

    • wangkon936

      If he can keep up 9 ppg in about 18-20 minutes per game then he will be better than 70% of the players picked ahead of him in the 2013 draft.

    • truth24

      You right man Kelly sucks. They can get better players in FA for cheap to replace this average player. Players that was picked up last year only care about making a living because they average at best.

      • Tune

        Pretty sure he overachieved being a late 2nd rounder. Don’t forget he was a rookie.

    • Al Haldie

      Wake up he was a rookie – and for his first year played very good ball.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      You are wrong in your assessment about his defense. Kelly actually has better fundamentals on D than most on the Lakes roster, He has got solid positional defense, something a lot of rookies is still learning. He may not look pretty, but his play was effective, and with a 1M contract, he should be on the team.

      • Jack

        God finally someone who thinks and proves to have a brain and not shit on the head; I believe that Mitch thinks like you bro.

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          thanks Jack… you earned an up…

    • Nalin Shukla

      Kelly sucks so does sacre they are living proof that anybody can make it in the nba

      • nlruizjr

        wrong, why haven’t you made it, fyi Sacre has improved with every season and at first I was thumbs down on Kelly but he impressed me the more playing time he received, sure he was rough at times but his potential is there, same with xhenry and Young, not to sold on Wes, but MD was playing him out of position, so he could do very well playing the SF position mostly, also Marshall has more negatives than positives and the lakers should bring back Meeks and Hill for sure. Also I would like to see Kaman back but I doubt he will return when he couldn’t count on Mitch to bail him out of the MD doghouse.

        • Nalin Shukla

          Name someone worse then sacre? Kelly’s potential ceiling is in the basement..I agree he overachieved as late 2nd rounder..I know that’s an impossible task 27 wins

  • jamming

    Ryan Kelly is fucking trash man,he is a damn joke.Hell no don’t keep his ugly ass.

    • Al Haldie

      That’s not what the LAKERS say – they were very happy with his first yr…And they will keep him….

      • Nalin Shukla

        As a lakers fan lakers pretty much trash right now 27 wins wow! Need to reload the WHOLE CLIP INCLUDING SACRE AND KELLY

        • bec

          you right man. bunch of players who don’t have that winning mentality. We needs players like Lance, Joakim to be a contender again.

  • Raymond

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Mongo

    Kelly plays no defense zero post moves and he is soft as a feather pillow.Junk.

  • Mongo

    Ryan Kelly is shit.Get rid of that guy he sucks ass.Horrific player just a loser.

    • dollarbill4life

      65% of our roster is trash!

  • Anthony

    Good riddance to Ryan Kelly.Awful player no feel for the game on defense just bad.

    • Al Haldie

      Monkey see monkey do…..

  • Qing Zhang

    I think the Lakers should keep him, he is cheap and can still improve. Defense is not all about blocking shots and steal the ball, his has very good fundamental learned from coach K. His moves are not that pretty, but nice looking layups count as 2 pts also.

  • KB24

    Waive him, diaw over kelly any time of the day if we can keep him for vets in the bench, ok but higher than 1m is absurd

  • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

    Why does everyone hate Kelly so much? The dude is decent. Reading the comments just makes me think we have a lot of people on here who didn’t watch him play last year. He overachieved in every sense in his rookie campaign and was one of the team’s best defenders. I feel like people heard “no defense” in his scouting report and see another white guy wearing #4 and instinctively want him gone. Sure, I don’t expect him to match up well against Aldridge or Love or Lebron, but neither did Mitch or MDA. If he put on some weight and worked on his rebounding, I think he could be top 20 at his position.

    • Nalin Shukla

      He was used as a stretch 4 in dantonis system that system is gone so he should be too he can’t shoot he can’t play D nuff said?

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        And I guess D’Antoni is the only coach in the history of the NBA who appreciates a big who can shoot and stretch the floor? Have you ever heard of Dirk Nowitzki? Sam Perkins? Chris Bosh? Kevin Love? Lamar Odom? Robert Horry? Terry Mills? Cliff Robinson? None of these guys ever played for Pringles.

        • Nalin Shukla

          In order to be a stretch four you need be good at shooting…He sucks..playing horrible defense does not help his case..how dare you compare him to those guys you mention…blasphemy!

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Rookie #1: 41% fg, 21% 3pt, 15pt/6reb/1.8ast/1.0 block per 36 minutes

            Rookie #2: 46% fg, 11% 3pt, 16pt/13reb/1.5ast/0.9blk per 36

            Rookie #3: 42% fg, 34% 3pt, 13pt/6reb/2.6ast/1.2blk per 36

            Rookie 1 is Dirk. Rookie 2 is KLove. Rookie 3 is RKelly. And I’ll take his defense over those two guys anyday.

        • Chrmngblly

          Who?

  • Nalin Shukla

    Kelly is our defensive specialist he was guarding lebron melo durant Paul George..by specialist I meant retarded

  • nlruizjr

    apparently a few of you don’t realize what the lakers were trying to do buy signing those 1 yr. contracts and that was to find some decent role players and maybe find a fill in starter, so they will probably keep possibly 3-4 of those players because not to means they have to repeat the whole process all over again, which they will do on a smaller scale because last seasons crop has 1 yr under their belt and they know what to expect and what the lakers expect, you don’t just throw out the whole squad, because their were a few pieces that did stand out, now whether you like it or not the Lakers don’t want to start all over from square one and they shouldn’t, if you recall at the beginning of the season the bench was the no. 1 bench for a period of time, that means they had sufficient talent, just bad coaching. you have to see the bigger picture but small brains may have a difficult time of it !!!!!

  • jay

    just imagine if the Lakers steal Chandler Parsons from the Rocket girls, since they are set to decline his 4th year option, big ol’ LOL to the Rocket girls.

    • dollarbill4life

      He’s a restricted free agent, meaning that the Rockets will match anything but a poison pill offer.

  • Lakers4Life

    He fit Dumbtoni’s worthless system, so definitely no need for him on the Lakers roster. Time to say bye to Kelly folks.

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      Steve Nash in his prime for D’Antoni’s system. Dirk and Love would fit his system. Anyone who can knock down a three fits his system. That’s a terrible way to decide a player’s fate.

  • PlayerHaters

    Are they really serious?? But then again what other options do Lakers really have? ;( so sad that its come down to this

  • dollarbill4life

    I would gut the roster and bring back only Young, Kobe, Hill, Farmar. I’d give Bazemore and Brooks a second look in the Summer League. Everyone else is trash and ought to go. The emphasis should be on rebounding and defense, the main reason I was hoping we could pry Thibideaux from Chicago somehow.

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