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2013-2014 Season Roster:

  Lakers 2012-2013 roster: starters Nash, Howard, Bryant, Gasol and World Peace

After a disastrous 2012-13 season, barely making the 2013 Playoffs and being swept by the Spurs, the Lakers knew what was going to happen: Dwight Howard felt the pressure and instead of staying and facing the challenge of working to be the leader of the best franchise in the NBA, left as free agent to a place (Houston) where the expectations were lower and he could instantly be the center of attention.

Facing the 2013-14 NBA season without Howard and with an injured Kobe Bryant, the Lakers didn't make big movements other than amnestying Metta World Peace. They kept what they had while filling the holes left by their free agents with cheap and short-term deals. They also signed Kobe to a two-year contract extension. All of this with their mind set in the 2014 free agency period when most of their contracts expire (including Gasol's) and they may have enough salary-cap flexibility to add another big name to join Kobe.

Meanwhile, Pau Gasol, in the final year of his contract has the opportunity to be a primary weapon on offense again. He also survived another wave of trade rumors and will be with the team until the end of the season. Reality also shows that 2013-14 will be Mike D'Antoni's first full season and a second chance for him to prove that hiring him over Phil Jackson wasn't one of the worst mistakes ever made by this franchise.

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Complete Roster
Rumors
They arrived
They left
They stay
Draft picks

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2013-2014 Los Angeles Lakers roster and Players Status

Guards:
No. Player Position Ht Wt Yrs DOB more
1 Jordan Farmar Point Guard 6-2 180 6 11/30/1986 profile buy jersey
12 Kendall Marshall Point Guard 6-4 195 1 8/19/1991 profile buy jersey
10 Steve Nash Point Guard 6-3 195 17 7/2/1974 profile buy jersey
6 Kent Bazemore Shooting Guard 6-5 201 1 7/1/1989 profile buy jersey
24 Kobe Bryant Shooting Guard 6-6 205 17 8/23/1978 profile buy jersey
2 MarShon Brooks Shooting Guard 6-5 200 2 1/26/1989 profile buy jersey
7 Xavier Henry Shooting Guard 6-6 220 3 3/15/1991 profile buy jersey
20 Jodie Meeks Shooting Guard 6-4 208 4 8/21/1987 profile buy jersey
Forwards:
No. Player Position Ht Wt Yrs DOB more
0 Nick Young Shooting G / Small F. 6-7 210 6 6/1/1985 profile buy jersey
11 Wesley Johnson Small Forward 6-7 215 3 7/11/1987 profile buy jersey
4 Ryan Kelly Power Forward 6-11 228 R 4/9/1991 profile buy jersey
27 Jordan Hill Power F. / Center 6-10 235 4 7/27/1987 profile buy jersey
Centers:
No. Player Position Ht Wt Yrs DOB more
16 Pau Gasol Power F. / Center 7-0 250 12 7/6/1980 profile buy jersey
9 Chris Kaman Center 7-0 265 10 4/28/1982 profile buy jersey
50 Robert Sacre Center 7-0 260 1 6/6/1989 profile buy jersey
Played by were waived or traded:
No. Player Position Ht Wt Yrs DOB more
5 Steve Blake (traded) Point Guard 6-3 172 10 2/26/1980 profile  
2 Elias Harris (waived) Small F. / Power F. 6-8 239 R 7/6/1989 profile  
3 Manny Harris Guard 6-5 185 2 9/21/1989 profile  
3 Shawne Williams (waived) Small F. / Power F. 6-9 230 6 2/16/1986 profile  

Notes: Yrs means complete NBA seasons.

Head Coach: Mike D'Antoni
Assistant Coaches:
(they are allowed to be on the bench) 
Dan D'Antoni
Kurt Rambis
Johnny Davis
Player Development Coaches Mark Madsen
Larry Lewis
Athletic Trainer: Gary Vitti

Rumors

February 21: Another trade deadline passed and Pau Gasol is still with the team. The Lakers built a trade with the Suns but since Pau didn't committed to stay in Phoenix beyond July, it didn't work. Anyway, the rebuilding process has already started with Steve Blake's trade, which means the Lakers decided to tank their season to get the best draft pick possible in 2014.

November 26: The Lakers signed Kobe Bryant to a two-year $48.5-million contract extension which means they won't have enough room for two max contracts this summer when players like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Luol Deng, Zach Randolph, Rudy Gay, Dirk Nowitzki and Greg Monroe could became free agents. Anyway Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James are really not likely to leave their current teams and join the Lakers so L.A. could also try to retain Pau Gasol if he accept a significant pay-cut... / Rumors archive

2013-2014 Player Movement

They arrived: Lakers new Players and Assistant Coaches

Chris Kaman
After Dwight Howard decided to leave, the Lakers didn't waste any time to get his replacement: free agent Chris Kaman, a 7-0 center that played for the Mavs last year and despite struggling with injuries, played 66 games and averaged 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in 20.7 minutes.

Kaman, 31 and an All-Star in 2010, played for the Clippers in his first 8 years in the NBA and returns to L.A. after agreeing to take the Lakers taxpayer mid-level exception of $3.2 million for one year, significantly less that what he could have gotten somewhere else.

Kaman's arrival is also a sign that the Lakers, as a luxury-tax team, don't have this season the tools to completely change the roster to play at D'Antoni's preferred full-speed pace. They could continue to play a little slower than that, using the inside game they adopted midway through 2012-13 that allowed them to finish with 28 wins in their final 40 games. Kaman is not Dwight Howard but he's clearly a skilled big man that if healthy could be part of a very talented tandem with Pau Gasol.

 

Jordan Farmar
The Lakers made another good addition to their roster and with a one-year $1,1 million contract, Farmar returned to the team that selected him with the 26th overall pick in the first round of the 2006 NBA Draft.

He played four seasons in L.A. where he contributed to the 2009 and 2010 championships and then decided to leave to get a starting role and better pay somewhere else. He played two seasons for the Nets before flying to Europe where he spent last year as the top player of the Anadolu Efes in Turkey.

Farmar, 26, is a traditional point guard that can organize the offense but he's also a good shooter that could play shooting guard for D'Antoni. He has NBA career averages of 7.7 points and 2.8 assists in 19.5 minutes and his best season was the last playing for the Nets with 10.4 points and 3.3 assists in 21.3 minutes.

The Lakers had to negotiate a $500,000 buyout with his current team but it won't count against their salary cap or increase their luxury taxes.

Nick Young
In the same day the Lakers amnestied Metta World Peace and secured his replacement, Nick Young, who agreed to take a veteran's minimum contract for 2 years and a total $2.3 million, with a player option for the second season.

Young, 28, can play both shooting guard and small forward and has a shoot-first mentality, which is ideal for coach D'Antoni. He averaged 10.6 points and shot 41.3% for Philadelphia last season In his 6-year NBA career he has also played for Washington and briefly with the Clippers.

 

Wesley Johnson
The 6-foot-7 forward agreed to take a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum of $916,099 that is the maximum the Lakers can offer to a free agent after expending their mid-level exception on Kaman.

Johnson, 26 and drafted fourth in the 2010 draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, still has to play to his potential but he showed some improvement last season with Phoenix, where he averaged 8 points in 19.1 minutes.

He's expected to evolve into a strong perimeter defender and could come from the bench as Young's backup.

Kendall Marshall
Desperate for a point guard after the injuries of the three they have (Nash, Blake and Farmar) the Lakers played Kobe in that position, but then he fractured a bone in his knee and the team went for the 13th pick of the 2012 draft, Kendall Marshall who was playing for the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League where he averaged 19.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 9.6 assists in 7 games. He signed a non-guaranteed multi-year contract.

 

Xavier Henry
Originally drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2010 with the 12th overall pick 6-6 guard Henry was added to be part of Lakers training camp.

Manny Harris
The 6-foot-5 guard was signed to two consecutive 10-day contracts. He had played 13 games for the D-Fenders, the Lakers' Development League affiliate, averaging 30.6 points and previounsly played 2 seasons with the Cavs.

Kent Bazemore
Bazemore, 24, was part of the trade that sent Blake to the Warriors and arrived after averaging just 2.3 points in 44 games with Golden State in 2013-14, his second NBA season. He's making is making $762,195 and becomes a free agent in July.

 

MarShon Brooks
Also acquired in the Steve Blake trade, Brooks, 25, was averaging 2.6 points in 17 games with the Warriors in his third NBA season. He was originally drafted by the Nets. He's making $1.3 million and also will be a free agent in July

Assistant Coach Kurt Rambis
Rambis played for the Lakers for 9 seasons and was an assistant coach between 1999 and 2009 when he left to become Minnesota Timberwolves head coach. He was fired after 2 seasons in Minnesota and has since worked as an analyst for ESPN. A fan favorite, Rambis won 4 championships as a player in the Showtime era and another four as Phil Jackson's assistant..

 

Assistant Coach Johnny Davis
Davis arrives to the Lakers with over two decades of NBA coaching experience that include three years as a head coach.

He joins Kurt Rambis and Dan D'Antoni -- Mike's brother and the only assistant remaining from last season-- to complete the Lakers coaching staff for 2013-14.

They lef during the 2013-14 seasont:

Steve BlakeSteve Blake
Despite the unending injury problems with their point guards, one day before the Feb 20 trade deadline the Lakers traded Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors for a couple of young shooting guards (Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks) whose contracts expire at the end of this season. The move saved the L.A. about $4 million in salary and luxury taxes and it was the definitive prove that the Lakers decided to tank their already lost 2013-14 season to get a good pick in the 2014 draft and start their rebuilding process.

Bothered with an elbow injury he played (and started) 27 of 54 possible games this season averaging 9.5 points and career-highs with 3.8 rebounds, 7.6 assists and 1.3 steals. He left L.A. after 4 seasons in which he averaged 5.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists playing mostly a reserve role.

Elias Harris
A 6-8 forward from Gonzaga, Harris went undrafted in the 2013 Draft and left a good impression playing for the Lakers' summer league team averaging 10.2 points on 44.7% overall shooting and 5.6 rebounds in five games.

He agreed to a two-year, minimum-salary contract partially guaranteed the first season (2013-14) but was waived after just two appearances in 16 posible games, 11 minutes played and none points scored.

 

Shawne Williams
A 6-9 forward with career averages of 5.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 16.4 minutes in 215 games, Williams was originally drafted by the Pacers in 2006 with the 17th overall pick. He had his best year in 2010-11 while playing for D'Antoni in New York.

He went from not being sure to make the team to be a starter in the Lakers 2013-14 season opener. He had a $1.1 million contract but was waived in January 2014 before it became guaranteed.

They left:

Dwigth HowardDwight Howard
Howard declined the Lakers five-year $118 million offer and accepted a four-year, $88-million deal (the max any team other than the Lakers were allowed to offer) from the Rockets.

He left as an unrestricted free agent to play with James Harden and Jeremy Lin in Houston where he can be what he really wants to be, the focal point of all lights, something the near future wasn't going to give him in L.A. with Kobe Bryant around.

He also met with the Hawks, Mavericks and Warriors but they really didn't have a chance.

The Lakers "future" was once Andrew Bynum, then Lakers decided to bet on Dwight Howard, but that wasn't what the diva center had in mind. To begin with he didn't even wanted to play in L.A.

The Lakers management, who is not used to make many mistakes made a combination of horrible mistakes by bringing Howard and then hiring D'Antoni instead of Phil Jackson and the final outcome was obvious. The circus around Howard's unending changes of minds about the Orlando Magic the previous year should have been a good indication about what the Lakers could expect form him.

Howard started the 2012-13 season looking slow and limited in movements, still recovering from a back surgery performed earlier in 2012 and then injured his shoulder, a situations that contributed to the team's bad start, but he was healthy in the final part of the season and managed to average 17.1 points, an NBA best 12.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.

 

Ron ArtestMetta World Peace
The Lakers veteran didn't opt out of his contract for the final season of the five-year deal signed in 2009, but the Lakers decided to use their amnesty provision on him.

He will still receive what the Lakers owe him for the final year of his contract ($7.7 million) but it falls off the team's salary-cap and luxury-tax computations. This way the Lakers save around $15 million in tax.

Any team that is under the salary cap can submit an undisclosed bid to acquire World Peace, the winner amount will also be deducted from the Lakers debt.

World Peace arrived as Ron Artest for the 2009-10 season. His role was to replace Trevor Ariza in the defending champions Lakers.

He was a significant part of the team in the next four seasons, averaging 9.9 points and 4.0 rebounds during the season, 10.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in 41 playoff games and playing excellent defense, but nothing was more relevant than his clutch play in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals against the Celtics which included a key three-pointer in one of the greatest playoff wins in Lakers history.

He had a good 2012-13 season despite the team's struggles. In his 14th year in the NBA he averaged 12.4 points (up from 7.7 in 2011-12) and 5.0 rebounds (up from 3.4) and improved his shooting percentages from the floor, 3-point line and foul line as well.

But it was the Lakers final opportunity to use the Amnesty Clause and they could only use it on Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Steve Blake or World Peace.

Chris Duhon
The Lakers waived point guard Chris Duhon who would have earned $3.75 million in the 2013-14 season. He will receive $1.5 million of his salary that was fully guaranteed but the Lakers saved more than $2.25 million in salary and possibly up to $9 million in luxury tax. Duhon had been part of the trade that brought Dwight Howard to the Lakers from Orlando. In 2012-13 he made 46 appearances, including 9 starts and averaged 2.9 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists while shooting 36.3% from 3-point range (6.9 points, 5.4 assists and 42.1% from beyond the arc when he started)

 

Earl Clark
He agreed to a two-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers worth $9 million. He was also part of the trade that brought Howard to L.A.

Despited the fact that Clark's bright young forward and the Lakers would have liked to keep him, they were not ready to offer a deal similar to the one he got from Cleveland. With the luxury tax, the $4 million he will receive in 2013-14 would have meant around $16-24 million for the Lakers.

Antawn Jamison
As an unrestricted free agent he agreed to a one-year contract with the Clippers. Jamison, 37, was expected to be be a good fit in 2012-13 season under D'Antoni but he averaged career lows in points (9.4), rebounds (4.8), assists (0.7) and minutes (21.5) while shooting 46.4% and underwent surgery in late April to repair an injured right wrist. He also wasn't very happy and publicly criticized his coach for a lack of communication over his playing time and skipped exit interviews after the team was swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the playoffs

 

Devin Ebanks
After being drafted by the Lakers with the 43rd overall pick in 2010, he spent three seasons with the team but never really got consistent playing time. He left as a free agent with an average of 3.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 11.3 minutes in a total of 63 season games.

Darius Morris
Drafted 41st in 2011 by the Lakers, Morris left after two seasons with an average of 3.6 points and 1.4 assists in 12.7 minutes. He signed with the Philadelphia 76ers as a free agent.

 

Andrew Goudelock
Free agent, signed a one-year deal to play for BC Unics Kazan in Russia.

Assistant Coach Bernie Bickerstaff
Bickerstaff and Person won't be brought back in 2013-14. Bickerstaff was 4-1 as head coach after the Lakers fired Mike Brown last season.

 

Assistant Coach Chuck Person
Person was the last connection to Phil Jackson's staff. He stayed after Jackson's retirement and was retained by D'Antoni.

Assistant Coach Steve Clifford
He was hired to be the head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats.

 

Assistant Coach Darvin Ham
The Atlanta Hawks hired Darvin Ham as an assistant coach.

Darius Johnson-Odom, Eric Boateng, Dan Gadzuric and Marcus Landry
Added for training camp but didn't make the final roster

They stay

Pau Gasol
In the middle of an awful season, once again the Lakers tried to get rid of Pau's big, expiring contract, but once again they couldn't do it before the February 20 trade deadline. The Suns wanted him but he didn't commited to stay with them after this season. This way he will became a free agent in July and could choose where to play or could even hear a Lakers' offer.

Jodie Meeks
The Lakers Lakers exercised their team option for the second season --$1.55 million-- of the two-year contract Meeks signed a year ago.

It was an easy decision to make since he's inexpensive and was able to contribute last season.

A good shooter, Meeks played in 78 games, averaging 7.9 points and 2.2 rebounds, shooting 38.7% from the field, 35.7% from behind the arc and 89.6% from the line.

 

Robert Sacre
The Lakers Lakers re-signed Sacre, their 60th pick in the 2012 draft. He accepted the the minimum for each of the next 3 seasons, with his final year non-guaranteed which makes him the only player other than Steve Nash and Nick Young on the books after 2013-14.

As a rookie, the 7-foot center averaged 1.3 points and 1.1 rebounds in 32 games and also spent time with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA's D-League

Lakers Draft Picks:

The Lakers had just one draft pick in the 2013 NBA Draft

Second Round: 48th pick, Ryan Kelly

After trading their first round pick and others they temporarily owned the Lakers used their remaining pick to select Duke forward Ryan Kelly in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Kelly is listed at 6 feet 11 and averaged 12.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots as a senior. He shot 42% from three-point range, something that really fits in Mike D'Antoni's system. Because he is still recovering from a surgery done in April 2013 to repair a screw that was originally inserted in his right foot after he broke a bone in March 2012, Kelly will not play on the Lakers' summer-league.

As a second round pick he does not have a guaranteed contract but with the Lakers current need to add inexpensive players he's expected to make the 2013-14 roster.

The Lakers haven't had a first-round pick since taking Javaris Crittenton in 2007.

The Lakers temporarily owned these 2013 picks:

First Round: 19th pick, Sergey Karasev,
The Lakers own first round pick ended up with the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of Ramon Sessions trade in 2012. The Cavaliers used it to take Russian forward-guard Sergey Karasev.

 

First Round: 30th pick, Nemanja Nedovic
Originally from the Miami Heat who sent it to Cleveland in LeBron James' trade, the Lakers got it from the Cavs because it turned out to be less favorable than L.A.'s own 1st round pick, but it had already been sent to Phoenix in the trade that brought Steve Nash to L.A. .. .

Second Round: 57th pick, Alex Oriakhi
This one was originally a Nuggets pick, the Lakers received it in 2011 in exchange for their draft pick Chukwudiebere Maduabum, and later sent it to the Suns in Steve Nash trade..

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