Almost instantaneously after news broke that the Los Angeles Lakers would not give Andre Ingram a second 10-day contract, news broke of who would be taking his spot on the roster: Scott Machado, who has spent the season with the South Bay Lakers.
Update: The Lakers officially announced Machado signing on Thursday afternoon.
Michael Scotto of The Athletic broke the news:
The Los Angeles Lakers will sign guard Scott Machado to a 10-day contract, a league source told @TheAthleticNBA. Machado was recently named G League Player of the Week.— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) March 20, 2019
During his recent G League Player of the Week stint, Machado posted pretty gaudy averages: 25 points, 5.7 rebounds, 14 assists and 2.3 steals. He also shot 50 percent from the field as South Bay racked up three wins.
Machado has been less successful from behind the arc, shooting 28.7 percent from distance on the season. So he’ll fit right in on the parent roster.
Machado was previously on the Lakers’ training camp roster and was subsequently waived so that the team could make him an “Exhibit 10” player, allowing them to pay him an extra $50,000 on top of his G League salary.
Machado will battle for minutes with the other guards on the Lakers’ roster, including Rajon Rondo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Josh Hart and his former teammate, Alex Caruso, who has made the most of his minutes since re-joining the parent team earlier this month. With the Lakers just a game away from getting eliminated from playoff contention, there’s a good chance Machado will get some playing time.
With those minutes, Machado has to show that he’s more than just a scorer at the next level. He’s a capable playmaker, as evidenced by the eight assists per game he averaged with South Bay this season, and it’s important that he doesn’t abandon that in an effort to put up big numbers on the NBA stage.
If Machado shows he has what it takes to perform at the NBA-level, he’ll have an opportunity to stick to an NBA roster this summer, possibly with the Lakers. While it’s unlikely he’ll get a guaranteed contract, he is still eligible for a two-way contract because he has less than four years of NBA experience.
At 28 years old, that might seem like a long shot, but the Lakers have shown in the past that age isn’t an issue to them. Travis Wear signed a two-way deal with Los Angeles when he was 27 and their roster spot was previously vacated by a 33-year-old G League call up.
Machado has an opportunity to crack an NBA roster. Now he just has to do his job.