Russell Westbrook isn’t going to Milwaukee.
Charlie Westbrook, though?
Shams Charania of RealGM:
Westbrook went undrafted out of South Dakota in 2012 and has played overseas and in the D-League since.
He’ll give Milwaukee 17 players, but
just 14 15 of them have guaranteed salaries. So, Westbrook will join Jorge Gutierrez and Marcus Landry (both of whose contracts are fully unguaranteed) in competing to supplant a guaranteed player for a regular-season roster spot.
The Bucks already several players capable of playing Westbrook’s position, shooting guard: Khris Middleton, O.J. Mayo, Rashad Vaughn, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jerryd Bayless and even one of Michael Carter-Williams or Greivis Vasquez in bigger lineups. Without a clear need for him, Westbrook will really have to impress to stick past the preseason.
The Lakers signed Ryan Kelly, the team announced on Friday via official release.
Kelly was selected with the 48th overall pick in the second round of this summer’s draft, with the hope that the 6’11” forward out of Duke would be able to fill the ever-elusive stretch-four role that seems to thrive in the offensive system favored by Mike D’Antoni.
Kelly shot 42.2 percent from three-point distance in his senior season.
It’s late in the game for a team to be signing its draft picks, but with Kelly, there have been extenuating circumstances.
Kelly underwent multiple procedures this summer to deal with foot issues, and has been slow to recover. It kept him off of the team’s Summer League roster, where guys like Marcus Landry and Elias Harris were able to shine. And he’s still not expected to be ready by the time training camp opens on September 28.
The Lakers drafted Kelly for a reason, however, which explains his eventual signing. The team has apparently decided to wait for him to be healthy enough to show whether or not he can do what they envisioned, and considering his contract is for just one year and is non-guaranteed, he has some incentive to get back on the court and prove his worth as soon as possible.
We’ve known about Marcus Landry getting a training camp invite from the Lakers for quite some time, but the team made things official with an announcement on Monday.
Landry earned his spot with a stellar performance for the Lakers at the Las Vegas Summer League, where he averaged 15.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 26.5 minutes per game in five appearances.
The Lakers currently have 11 players in place with guaranteed contracts for next season. In addition to Landry, the team has added Elias Harris, Xavier Henry, and Shawne Williams to its list of training camp invites who could potentially earn a roster spot for the coming season.
Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times reports that while Williams and Harris have a portion of their contracts ($100,000 each) guaranteed, Henry and Landry don’t have that luxury, and will need to land on the opening night roster in order to get paid on their current deals.