The Los Angeles Lakers decided on Tyler Ennis as their budget backup point guard option, signing him to a one-year deal that likely signaled the end of their free agency process. Once the team finalizes Thomas Bryant’s contract to bump their roster up to 14 players, the front office will “likely’ leave the 15th slot open for a potential training camp standout, according to Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times.
This makes some sense, with the free agency pool dried up and no dire need left on the roster. The Lakers are also reportedly no longer “in the mix” for Ian Clark, further pointing to the front office closing up shop for the summer very soon.
An extra slot on the roster also leaves the Lakers with additional flexibility, allowing them to take on an extra player should a trade arise. It’s not uncommon for a team to let the roster sit at 14 for this exact reason.
Considering any addition to the roster would likely have a minimal impact with only a $4.3 million room exception as the most they can offer any remaining free agents, keeping that last slot open at least through training camp makes plenty of sense.