Unlike past years, however, they won’t be bringing an array of first-round picks and former first-round picks with them. The Lakers shipped most of those out in their trade for Anthony Davis, with Moe Wagner, Isaac Bonga and Jemerrio Jones (aka the rest of their young talent with NBA experience) seemingly on their way out the door for the sake of max cap space in free agency.
Still, that doesn’t mean the Lakers’ summer league outing will be totally meaningless. With a barren roster and (probably) lacking the cap space to fill it out with proven role players, this year will arguably be as important as ever, with the team looking to see if any of the cheap talent assembled is worth adding to the parent roster on a full-time basis.
Below is everyone we know is going so far, with their contract status as well. Here’s a quick reminder on what those mean.
NBA contract: Exactly what it sounds like. Your standard NBA deal.
Two-Way Contract: Each NBA team can offer two separate two-way contracts. These do not count against the salary cap or the normal 15-man roster limit during the NBA season. Two-way contract players split time between the NBA and the G League, and each team is allowed to have two such players (who do not count against the normal 15-man roster limit).
Players on two-way contracts are allowed to spend up to 45 days on an NBA roster, after which they must be converted into a regular contract or the player must be sent back down for the remainder of the G League regular season.
Exhibit 10 Contract: Per Larry Coon’s invaluable CBA FAQ, an Exhibit 10 contract can be converted into a two-way contract, and also “pay the player from $5,000 to $50,000 if the player is waived by his NBA team, signs with the G-League, is assigned to the NBA team’s G-League affiliate, and stays there at least 60 days.” More importantly, given the Lakers’ cap situation, Exhibit 10 deals don’t count against the salary cap (until and if the players make the opening-day roster).
Summer Contract: These are basically just an invite to summer league, and only count against team salary if the player makes the opening-day roster. More info here.
Now, without further ado, here are all the players we know are going to Las Vegas Summer League, which we will update as more get reported/announced:
- Talen Horton-Tucker (guard) — No. 46 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, will be on a standard NBA contract. Plenty more info on him and his game in the links below.
- Zach Norvell (guard) — Undrafted out of Gonzaga, will be on a two-way contract. Was teammates with Horton-Tucker in high school, and a knockdown shooter in college (37 percent). ESPN analytics expert Kevin Pelton had Norvell ranked as the 26th-best player in the entire draft, so this appears to be a good get on a two-way.
- Devontae Cacok (forward) — Undrafted out of UNC Wilmington, will be on an Exhibit 10 contract. Strong rebounder, averaged 12.3 boards per game in his senior season.
- Aric Holman (forward) — Undrafted out of Mississippi State, appears to be on a summer contract. Holman is a stretch-four who shot 42.9 percent behind the arc during his senior season in college.
- Jordan Caroline (guard/forward) — Caroline went undrafted after four years at Nevada, and sources say he will be on an Exhibit 10 contract. There is plenty more info on Caroline’s game in the preceding link, but it’s also worth knowing that he is the 29th player in the last 30 NCAA seasons to record at least 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in his career.
- Jeffrey Carroll (forward) — Carroll most recently played for the South Bay Lakers and was in summer league last year, and appears to be on a summer contract. Carroll averaged 9.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and shot 47.6 percent from the field in the G League last season.
- Marcus Allen (guard) — Allen also most recently played for the South Bay Lakers alum, and also appears to be on a summer contract. He averaged 8.5 points on 48.2 percent shooting in 43 G League appearances last year.
- Codi Miller-McIntryre (guard) — Miller-McIntrye appears to be just a summer contract, and joins the Lakers in Sacramento and Las Vegas after spending last year splitting time between the G League and overseas. He averaged 8.4 points, 5.4 assists and 2.8 rebounds while playing in Russia last year.
- Nick Perkins (forward) — Perkins went undrafted this year after four years at Buffalo, and appears to be just a summer contract.
- Joe Young (guard) — Young was in the NBA for three seasons with the Indiana Pacers (2015-16 to 2017-18) and appears to be just a summer contract. The 26-year-old spent last year playing for the Nanjing Tongxi Monkey King in the Chinese Basketball association, where he averaged 36.1 points, 5.2 assists and 5.1 rebounds.
- Dakota Mathias (guard) — Mathias spent last summer league with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and appears to be on a summer contract. The 23-year-old is a sniper who hit 37.3 percent of his threes during league play for Divina Seguros Joventut of the ACB league in Spain last season.
- Rosco Allen (forward) — Allen went undrafted in 2016 after four years at Stanford, and according to Real GM, appears to have not played last year, as his most recent stats are from the 2017-18 season, when he played for Iberostar Tenerife in Spain, where he averaged 4.5 points and 3.1 rebounds. I’ve been told that Allen is only joining the Lakers for The California Classic in Sacramento as of right now.
- Conner Frankamp (guard) — Frankamp went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft last year after three years at Wichita State (and one at Kansas), the 6’1” guard spent last season playing for BC Beroe Stara Zagora in Bulgaria’s professional basketball league. He averaged 20 points and 4.1 assists on 54.1 percent shooting, and while he announced that he had joined the team and didn’t specify what type of contract, it is likely just a summer contract.
If Wagner, Bonga and Jones are not traded, expect to see them added to this list.
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