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2014-2015 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.

This move gave a hint about what the plans for the future are. They expect to get a big man via free agency.

On this page:
Complete Roster
Rumors
They arrived
They left
They stay
Draft picks

Related:
2015 Schedule
2015 Season

2015-2016 Los Angeles Lakers roster and Players Status

Guards:
No. Player Position Ht Wt Yrs DOB Status more
17 Jeremy Lin Point Guard 6-3 200 5 8/23/1988 unrestricted free agent profile
9

Ronnie Price

Point Guard 6-2 190 10 06/21/1983 unrestricted free agent profile
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  
12 Vander Blue Shooting Guard 6-4 200 2 7/17/1992 unrestricted 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
2

Wayne Ellington

Shooting Guard 6-4 200 6 11/29/1987 unrestricted free agent 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  
11 Wesley Johnson Small Forward 6-7 215 3 7/11/1987 unrestricted free agent profile
5 Carlos Boozer Power Forward 6-9 258 13 11/20/1981 unrestricted free agent profile
21 Ed Davis Power Forward 6-10 225 5 6/5/1989 opted out 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
27 Jordan Hill Power F. / Center 6-10 235 6 7/27/1987 team option declined profile
28 Tarik Black Center 6-11 257 1 11/22/1991 non-guaranteed 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 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.

July 1: The Lakers didn't exercised their team option on Jordan Hill's contract, which gives them a $23 million in spending power in free agency. If they don't get the star they want they can still try to bring Hill back as a free agent.

June 29: The Lakers plans for the future are clear. They want to aquire a big man vie fre agency. There are many options available but their main goal is LaMarcus Aldridge who in not completly happy in Portland. DeAndre Jordan (Clippers) and Kevin Love (Cavs) are next and the other possibilities include Marc Gasol (Grizzlies), Paul Millsap (Hawks), Greg Monroe (Pistons), Brook Lopez (Nets), Robin Lopez (Blazers), Tyson Chandler ( Mavericks), Omer Asik (Pelicans) and Brandan Wright (Suns). / 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

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 arrived: Lakers new Players

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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:

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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

After being a player development coach last season, he was promoted to assistant coach for 2014-15

 

Assistant Coach Paul Pressey

He worked with Byron Scott both with the Cleveland Cavaliers and New Orleans Hornets

Assistant Coach Jim Eyen

He was also with the team under coaches Pat Riley and Mike Dunleavy.

Jeremy Lin

The same day LeBron James decided to return to Cleveland, the Lakers also realized they had no chance of getting Carmelo Anthony and decided to finally start rebuild their roster for 2014-15 by acquiring point guard Jeremy Lin in a trade with the Rockets. They got Lin, the Houston's 2015 first round pick and a protected 2015 second round pick (in the 51-55 range) which was originally from the Clippers in exchange for cash and rights to Sergei Lishchuk, the 49th pick from the 2004 NBA draft, originally selected by the Grizzlies under the name Sergei Lishouk.

Lin arrives with a contract that has one year remaining worth $14.9 million, but its salary cap impact is just $8.4 million based on the deal structure. Having been unable to attract a big free agent this year, Lin's expiring contract gives the Lakers flexibility to try it again in 2015 when players like Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge become free agents or in 2016 with Kevin Durant.

The Rockets made this trade that got them almost nothing in return just to clear the salary cap-space necessary to sign Chris Bosh who hours later decided to stay in Miami.

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
The Lakers retained five of the 11 free agents they had in 2014 and Nick Young was the one the team offered the longest deal: a four-year, $21.3-million contract.

Young, 29, averaged a career-high (and team-high) 17.9 points in 2014 and in the middle of an horrendous 27-55 season, his game and his personality made him a fan favorite. At the end of the season he had declined a player option for $1.2 million but always made it clear he wanted to stay in Los Angeles.

 

Jordan Hill
The Lakers re-signed Hill who agreed to a two-year, $18 million deal,

Wesley Johnson

 

Ryan Kelly

They left:

Pau Gasol
After turning down the Lakers two-year, $23 million offer, Pau Gasol joined the Chicago Bulls with the intention to compete for a championship in 2014-15.

He left after almost 7 seasons in L.A. His arrival in the middle of the 2007-08 season unexpectedly helped the Lakers reach the NBA Finals and he was a key member of the NBA Championships obtained in the next two seasons.

Internationally renowned and one of the most talented power forwards the Lakers have ever seen, Gasol was many times mistreated, including uncountable attempts to trade him and the disrespect Mike D'Antoni showed for his abilities.

 

Kendall Marshall
The point guard, who joined the Lakers in late December, 2013 after the injuries of Nash, Blake, Farmar and Bryant, and was an instant success averaging 8.0 points and a team-high 8.8 assists a game in 54 appearances, was waived to make room to fulfill the promised contracts to Young and Hill and to sign other players.

The Lakers could have still offered him the same money after the other signings were finalized but the Milwaukee Bucks claimed him, picking up his $915,243 salary for the 2014-15 NBA season.

Jodie Meeks

 

Chris Kaman

Jordan Farmar

 

Kent Bazemore

MarShon Brooks

 

Xavier Henry

Mike D'AntoniCoach Mike D'Antoni
The Lakers were willing to respect D'Antoni's contract that still had one more guaranteed year for $4 million but were not yet ready to use their option for an additional season (2015-16) as D'Antoni requested, which led to the coach's resignation.

Hiring D'Antoni over Phil Jackson in 2012 was a big mistake from the beginning. D'Antoni's system wasn't a good fit for the Lakers aging roster and was incredible bad suited for the Lakers bigs Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard. After barely making the Playoffs in 2012-13 just to be swept by the Spurs in the first round, Howard left. Then came the worst: the 2013-14 season was an injury nightmare where a Lakers team that played awful defense was embarrassed many times (including a franchise record 48-point loss at the hands of the Clippers) and finished with the second-worst record ever (27-55, .329%).

D'Antoni left with 67-87 losing record and opened the door to the return of free agent Pau Gasol.

Assistant Coach Kurt Rambis

 

Assistant Coaches Dan D'Antoni and Johnny Davis

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