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NBA Off Season Update, Part 4: Pacific Division – August 20th

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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Jan 21, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) against the New Orleans Pelicans during a game at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans defeated the Lakers 96-80. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers





  • Jordan Hill (team did not pick up his option, but can still sign him)

New Lakers Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams, Brandon Bass make their hellos

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“It’s quite a challenge but I felt like we’ve got enough players right now with the signing of Lou Williams, the trade for Roy Hibbert and then myself and we have arguably the best player in the game still,” Bass said. “When he is healthy he is a monster still. If he is healthy he’s right up there with the best players in the league, that’s LeBron or whoever the best players in the league are. “When Kobe is healthy, 19 years in the game he is still elite.” – Brandon Bass


With the Lakers unsuccessfully trying to recruit LaMarcus Aldridge and Greg Monroe and a slew of big men already signed the Lakers have apparently turned to Roy Hibbert who seems like a really odd fit for L.A. given the youth on the squad and speed they play.

Looking at GM Mitch Kupchak’s additions it’s an odd mix of Roy Hibbert, Brandon Bass and Lou Williams. While we wait to see if this will be Kobe‘s last season his new teammate Bass calls him the best player in the NBA still. The more interesting question will be how rookie Russell and sophomore Clarkson develop. Watching Russell turn the ball over 20 times in his first 3 Summer League games there is obviously work to be done, but there is also a talent who’ll get better with experience.

The more pressing question might be whether Julius Randle will be a bust. He enters the season basically as a rookie after playing only a few minutes of one game last season prior to breaking his leg. His Summer League didn’t leave me feeling like he’s about to bust forth into some major talent with his poor field goal shooting and lack of rebounding. And, he won’t get much opportunity with Williams, Kobe, Clarkson and Russell likely taking the majority of the shots in a shot first guard heavy line-up.  Feels like Kobe deserves better to finish his career, but next summer we’ll see if the Lakers can attract the type of free agents they were unable to this summer.

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