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2015-2016 Season Roster:

 

After the worst season in franchise history, the Lakers got the second pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, and with it they selected guard D'Angelo Russell from Ohio State over big man Jahlil Okafor.

The Lakers' plans included to get a big man via free agency with LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre Jordan at the top of their list but they couldn't convince them and finally made a trade for Pacers' center Roy Hibbert.

They also added last season's Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams and 10-year veteran Brandon Bass

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They arrived
They left
They stay
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2015-2016 Los Angeles Lakers roster and Players Status

Guards:
No. Player Position Ht Wt Yrs DOB Status more
6 Jordan Clarkson Point / Shooting Guard 6-5 193 1 6/7/1992 non-guaranteed profile
1 D'Angelo Russell Point / Shooting Guard 6-5 180 R 2/23/1996 draft pick  
23 Lou Williams Point / Shooting Guard 6-2 175 10 10/27/1986 arrived (free agent) profile
15 Jabari Brown Shooting Guard 6-6 214 1 12/18/1992 non-guaranteed profile
24 Kobe Bryant Shooting Guard 6-6 205 19 8/23/1978 under contract profile
Forwards:
No. Player Position Ht Wt Yrs DOB   more
0 Nick Young Shooting G / Small F. 6-7 210 8 6/1/1985 under contract profile
3 Anthony Brown Small Forward 6-7 211 R 10/10/1992 draft pick  
5 Carlos Boozer Power Forward 6-9 258 13 11/20/1981 unrestricted free agent profile
4 Ryan Kelly Power Forward 6-11 228 2 4/9/1991 under contract profile
7 Larry Nance Jr Power Forward 6-8 237 R 1/1/1993 draft pick  
30 Julius Randle Power Forward 6-9 250 1 11/29/1994 under contract profile
Centers:
No. Player Position Ht Wt Yrs DOB   more
2 Brandon Bass Power F. / Center 6-8 240 10 4/30/1985 arrived (free agent) profile
28 Tarik Black Center 6-11 257 1 11/22/1991 non-guaranteed profile
17 Roy Hibbert Center 7-2 278 7 12/11/1986 under contract profile
50 Robert Sacre Center 7-0 260 3 6/6/1989 under contract profile

Notes: Yrs means complete NBA seasons.

Head Coach: Byron Scott
Assistant Coaches:
(they are allowed to be on the bench) 
Paul Pressey
Jim Eyen
Mark Madsen
Player Development Coaches Larry Lewis
Athletic Trainer: Gary Vitti

Rumors

July 6: after failing to get a big man via free agency, the Lakers are in conversations with the Pacers to get Roy Hibbert via trade.

July 2: As soon as the free agency period began the list of big men available started to reduce: LaMarcus Aldridge, the Lakers main target didn't like the team's presentation, Kevin Love stays at Cleveland as expected, Greg Monroe chose the Bucks and Omer Asik stays with the Pelicans. The Lakers met with Clippers center DeAndre Jordan and other available options are Robin Lopez and Tobias Harris (restricted free agent).

They also could consider again a trade with the Kings for DeMarcus Cousins but it should include the Lakers recent 2rd pick D'Angelo Russell, which is unlikely to happen... Rumors archive

2015-2016 Player Movement

Free Agents

Unrestricted Free Agents

Jeremy Lin, Carlos Boozer, Jordan Hill, Wesley Johnson, Wayne Ellington, Vander Blue, Ronnie Price

They arrived: Lakers new Players

Roy Hibbert

After not geting any of the big men they wanted via free-agency (LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre Jordan...), he Lakers made a trade with the Indiana Pacers for 7-2 center Roy Hibbert in exchange for a future second round pick.

Hibbert, the 17th overall pick in 2008 was an All-Star in 2012 and 2014 and has one remaining season in his contract worh $15.5-million. He waived a portion of his 15% trade-kicker bonus clause to make the deal work.

He spent all his 7 NBA seasons with Indiana, averaging 11.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots while reaching two Eastern Conference finals and being selected for All-Defensive Second Team in 2014. But his offensive game declined in the past couple of seasons and he wasn't included in the Pacers' plans of a smaller and quicker team.

Lou Williams

After failling to get LaMarcus Aldridge via free agancy the Lakers surprised everybody by signing 2014-15 Sixth Man of The Year Lou Williams to a three-year, $21 million contract.

He's 28 and averaged a career-high 15.5 points with 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 80 games for the Toronto Raptors last season. In 10 NBA seasons he played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks and Raptors with an average of 11.9 points while making 34.1 percent of his 3-point attempts

Brandon Bass

Bass, 30, is a 10-year NBA veteran that played for the Celtics the past four seasons. He averaged 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds while playing in all 82 games in 2014-15.

Lakers 2015 Draft Picks:

First Round, 2nd pick: D'Angelo Russell

The Lakers finished as the 4th-worst team in 2014-15 and their situation improved with the Draft Lottery. They got the second pick and with it they selected D'Angelo Russell, a 6-5 combo guard, that is quick, have a good floor vision and can shoot the ball.

They passed on big man Jahlil Okafor who was thought to be picked second. This showed the Lakers' strategy for their near future. They are expecting to get a forward via free agency (LaMarcus Aldridge?)

The team also believes they can worrk on Russell's big potential and make a star out of him.

First Round, 27th pick: Larry Nance Jr.

The Lakers aqcuired this pick from Houston in Jeremy Lin's trade and with it they took Nance. He's a 6-9 power forward from Wyoming with great basketball IQ and length and he can really jump despite having already suffered a torn ACL.

 

Second Round: 34th pick: Anthony Brown
Brown is a 6-6 small forward from Stanford who can defend and is a great shooter. He averaged 14.8 points and 6.9 rebounds as a senior while making 44.1 percent of his 3-pointers.

They stay

Robert Sacre

The Lakers decided to kept center Robert Sacre, guaranteeing his $981,348 salary for the season. Sacre, a 26-year old center, played 67 games for the L.A. last season, averaging 9.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.

 

They left:

Jeremy Lin

As an unrestricted free agent, Lin went to the Charlotte Hornets. He played one season for the Lakers after being traded from Houston. He averaged 11.2 points and 4.6 assists but he didn't make good use of his oportunity to be a star in a poor team, never conviced Coach Byron Scott and started in just 30 of 74 games.

 

Jordan Hill

Hill left as a free agent to join the Pacers. He was acquired by the Lakers by the end of the 2012 season and spent 3 more seasons with the team averaging 9.9 and 7.2 rebounds. In 2014-15 he played in 70 games and recorded a career-best 22 double-doubles.

Ronnie Price

Price spent 1 season with the Lakers averaging 5.1 points and 3.8 assists in 43 games and went to Phoenix as a free agent.

Wayne Ellington

As a free agent, Ellington joined the Nets. He was one of the more consistent players last season.

Ed Davis

Davis was one of the few bright spots on the Lakers horrendous 2014-15 season. He opted out of the final year of his contract but he always said he wanted to return to Los Angeles on a long-term deal. But the team focuses on getting an All-star caliber player in free agency and Davis signed a three-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers worth $20 million.

Wesley Johnson

Selected with the 4th pick in 2010 by the Timberwolves, Johnson spent two seasons with the Lakers. He averaged 9.9 points and 4.2 rebounds while making 35.1% of his three-pointers last season and started 59 games but he also had consistency issues.

He left as a free agent and was signed by the Cluppers with a 1-year, veteran’s minimum contract.

Vander Blue

He left as one of the Lakers many free agents.

2014-2015 Player Movement

They arrived: Lakers new Players and Coach

Byron Scott (Head Coach)

After contacting or interviewing a lot of coaches --Mike Dunleavy, Kurt Rambis, Alvin Gentry, Lionel Hollins, George Karlt-- the Lakers finally offered the job to Byron Scott, and he agreed to a a 4-year, $17million deal.

As a player, he won 3 NBA Championships during the Showtime era and spent a total of 11 seasons with the Lakers.

Assistant Coach Mark Madsen

 

Assistant Coach Paul Pressey

Assistant Coach Jim Eyen

Jeremy Lin.

Ed Davis

The Lakers added Davis, an athletic power forward that was selected with the 13th overall pick in 2010. Davis agreed to a two-year, $2 million deal with a player option for the second year. The deal add a much needed player to the Lakers slim frontcourt and provides him Davis another the chance to play and show his talent.

He averaged 7.7 points and 7.1 rebounds in less than 25 minutes per game during his rookie season but couldn't find more minutes after and was traded to Memphis where he averaged 5.7 points and 4.1 rebounds in 15.2 minutes in 2013-14.

Carlos Boozer

Boozer, 32 was waived by Chicago via the amnesty provision after they secured Lakers free agent Pau Gasol.

The Lakers made the winning bid for him, offering just $3.25 million, money that goes to the Bulls who still have to pay Boozer the $16.8 million they owe him.

This way the Lakers added another power forward, an experienced player that, despite sometimes being criticized for his defense, can average close to a double-double (he averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds through 76 games in 2013-14).

Boozer's contract expires at the end of the 2014-15 and because of the rules of the amnesty process, the Lakers can't trade him during the season.

Wayne Ellington

Ronnie Price

Tarik Black

They stay

Steve Nash

The Lakers could have used the "stretch provision" on the 40-year-old point guard but decided to keep him for the third and final year of his contract. By waiving him previous to September 2014 the team would have been able to stretch his $9.7 million salary over three years. He is the oldest player in the NBA this season.

Nash was acquired in a sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns in 2012, and was thought to be the solution the Lakers needed at point guard, but he suffered a fractured knee in his second game with the team and struggled to stay healthy after that, with problems in his back and hamstring. He played just 15 games in 2013-14, averaging 6.8 points and 5.7 assists. UPDATE: Injuries didn't allow Nash to play and he retired before the end of the season.

Nick Young

 

Jordan Hill

Wesley Johnson

 

Ryan Kelly

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