The Los Angeles Lakers traded for Patrick Beverley a few weeks ago and this won’t be their only move in the offseason. The Lakers have shown interest in several players and they may soon sign a former starter.
Shams Charania from The Athletic reported that the Lakers may soon ink a deal with former Magic starter Dwayne Bacon. In the 2022-23 NBA season, the former starting guard averaged 10.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.3 assists while going 28.5% from long range. He saw action in 72 games and had 50 starts.
The Lakers have enough guards on the roster. However, Bacon will give the team enough depth. Head coach Darvin Ham has to work with Russell Westbrook, Beverley, and Dennis Schroder. These guys will fight for more playing time in the upcoming season. Westbrook has been mentioned in recent trade talks, but the front office has yet to make a move. They have contacted the Utah Jazz, but negotiations got stuck in the middle of nowhere. If Westbrook stays in Los Angeles, Ham will do his best to carve out a really good role for the one-time NBA MVP. Some even say that Westbrook will get a bench role in the upcoming season.
“Sources: The Lakers plan to sign G/F Matt Ryan on a non-guaranteed deal,” Charania tweeted on September 25, 2022. “Four-year NBA veteran Dwayne Bacon is also working toward training camp deal with the Lakers. Ryan was with the Celtics on a two-way last season.”
Lakers players work out before the team makes a decision to sign former starter
Lakers players use their time off to bond and prepare for the new season. Training camp starts on September 26, but players have already worked out together. Marc Stein reported that LA players had their camp at San Diego State.
“The Lakers get started today after their players-only minicamp last week at San Diego State organized by LeBron James,” Stein detailed on September 26. “I’m told the camp drew full attendance apart from Dennis Schroder, who is working through the visa process to re-enter the USA after his Germany NT summer.”