The reality is if Ronnie Price is getting many minutes for the Lakers this season things will be far worse than expected for them. And expectations are not all that high.
The Lakers want to make sure they have some depth at the point guard spot coming into training camp — Steve Nash’s nerve issue will likely flair up this season, Jeremy Lin has battled injuries, and the franchise doesn’t know how much it can trust rookie Jordan Clarkson — so they signed Price to a one-year deal with the team, the Lakers announced on Wednesday. (It is not known yet how much of the contract is guaranteed, but likely not much.) He will have to earn his way on the roster, as will a lot of the other camp signings the team announced Wednesday.
This would be Price’s 10th NBA season and is rumored to be great in the locker room, but really doesn’t bring much else to the table. This is a guy that couldn’t get off the Orlando Magic bench last season, playing in just 31 games for them. Last season he had a dreadful true shooting percentage of .379, he took 46.7 percent of his shots from three and hit 20.9 percent of them, he had a PER of 7.6, he’s not a great floor general, and he gambles a lot of defense and ends up out of position. Not sure the Lakers need any of that.
But he’ll get a chance to make the roster.
And he gets to be in camp with Carlos Boozer… those two have met before.