After weeks of concern, wonder, frustration, and other weird fan overreaction, Brandon Ingram officially signed his rookie contract with the Lakers today.
Signed, Sealed, and Delivered 🔏
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) August 23, 2016
The 6’9″ forward out of Duke was one of the last rookies to sign a deal. Many Laker fans wondered why it took so long for the Lakers to ink Brandon Ingram. Some fans started to believe that he was going to be traded. The fact of the matter is that it was more about working around the cap than anything else. Depending on how and when you sign them, contracts can be the difference between going over the tax threshold or staying under it. I won’t go into further detail regarding cap structuring because I would have no clue.
Roster almost set
Now that the Brandon Ingram signing is official, along with the official signing of Yi Jianlian on Monday, other contracts will likely be signed and made official fairly soon. Rumors have already floated around that Tarik Black will likely come in and sign his contract today, as well as the addition of Zach Auguste to the training camp roster.
I hear the Lakers have a deal with Zach Auguste, who played for the summer league squad, haven't gotten word on terms
— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) August 21, 2016
It is still widely assumed that Nick Young will be waived or traded. The roster stands at 15, which is the max allowed for the regular season. Lakers will likely add at most five more players for training camp, which has a max of 20. The terms of all the deals that have been signed and will be signed in the near future have not been released, due to team policy.
It’s almost go time
As the season creeps closer, more information will slowly start to come out from the Lakers. On Friday the Lakers made the coaching staff official. Last on the offseason checklist is finalizing the roster for training camp. As it stands now, the Lakers roster is looking like this, assuming Nick Young is waived.
What I believe the rotation will be:
Shooting Guard: Jordan Clarkson, Lou Williams, Anthony Brown
Small Forward: Loul Deng, Brandon Ingram
Power Forward: Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr, Zach Auguste
Center: Timofey Mozgov, Tarik Black, Ivica Zubac, Yi Jianlian
Of course, this is barring any additions that show out in training camp. This also is barring any players that don’t show up. The players on that roster that have a chance of being cut are Yi Jianlian, and Zach Auguste. Ivica Zubac will likely spend a lot of time in the D-League this season, unless he really improves on his great performance in the summer league.
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