The Lakers have rounded out their training camp roster by signing Metta World Peace and Thomas Robinson, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical. These camp signings bring them to 20 players on the roster.
World Peace, at 36 years of age, is a “good mentor signing”. The game 7 hero’s skills have fallen considerably and it’s unlikely he makes the final roster.
Robinson, to me, is very interesting. An athletic 25 year old big man, Robinson has failed to live up to the hype of being 5th overall pick in 2012. However, he is still a talent worth looking at. In 71 games with the Nets, Robinson averaged 4.3 ppg and 5.1 rpg in just under 13 mpg. He does face steep competition, though. Julius Randle has enormous potential, and Larry Nance Jr is a very good back up 4. Both are lock to make the team. Tarik Black and Ivica Zubac are two other big men who will make the team for sure. Yi Jianlian is unlikely to get cut, considering the media that the Lakers have put on him and his cheap contract. That leaves Robinson to battle with Zach Auguste and Travis Wear for what is most likely the last big man spot. Auguste is the favorite here, as he had a good summer league and seems to have developed a friendship with the other young Lakers. But nothing is final until the season, and training camp is just around the corner