The Los Angeles Lakers are rebuilding their roster and they have made a move to sign a young guard. Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka has shown interest in several players. Many thought that he wouldn’t make any move prior to handling Russell Westbrook’s situation. However, the Lakers have offered Exhibit 10 deals to two players who joined the summer league teams.
Javante McCoy and Fabian White Jr. will join the Lakers in training camp without any commitment. The franchise can still keep them on the G-League team.
McCoy saw action in five games with the Lakers, averaging 10.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 2.4 assists. I guess the Lakers appreciated his potential and decided to give him a chance. The same goes to White. He saw action in three games and averaged 2.3 points and 2.7 rebounds.
Lakers sign talented guard, will he get a spot on the roster?
It’s interesting to note that the Lakers are trying to add rookie power to their roster. They signed Scotty Pippen Jr. Now they are signing McCoy and White. Pelinka packed his roster with veteran power last year and it didn’t work. Veterans joined the Lakers through a veteran minimum last offseason, but it was a terrible decision. They couldn’t build chemistry and some of them weren’t good fits.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis will be leading the team to a title in the upcoming season. They could sure use some extra power from their younger teammates.
Will McCoy and White earn a spot on the roster? Of course, Pelinka can always use them to add depth to his roster. Max Christie joined the team through the draft.
“(McCoy) is an NBA-ready backup now,” one Western Conference executive told Heavy Sports this week. “He can get his own shot and he can do well enough in running an offense, setting things up. Makes mistakes defensively but he is a gambler, he will come up with steals. He should make an NBA roster.”
Let’s see how things go for both players. We can only make guesses…
Radmila graduated with a degree in Translation & Interpreting. She is an NBA and NFL writer for The Ball Zone, and has been covering popular sports topics for several years. A loyal Lakers fan, she puts energy into reporting big roster moves, potential trades, on-court-accomplishments, and off-court rumors.