The Los Angeles Lakers made the signings of Alex Caruso, Troy Daniels and Jared Dudley on Sunday. Both Daniels and Dudley will sign for the veteran’s minimum, as previously reported. Caruso’s deal is for two years, $5.5 million, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
With their three most recent signings, the Lakers have increased their roster count to 11 players. Once they sign Rajon Rondo to the reported one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum and offer No. 46 pick Talen Horton-Tucker his rookie contract, that number will rise to 13.
After using cap space to sign Caruso, the Lakers will have to fill out their final two roster spots using the $4.72 million room exception and a veteran’s minimum exception. The question now is: Who will they use their last two roster spots on?
Taking a look at the makeup of the roster, the Lakers would benefit from adding a small forward to backup LeBron James. While Kyle Kuzma and Dudley can theoretically spend some time at the small forward position, they’re more natural fits at 4. In fact, James is currently the only players on the Lakers’ roster that spent more than 50 percent of his time at the 3 last season, according to Basketball Reference.
Some names to watch include Thabo Sefolosha, a reliable 3-point shooter who can hold his own on the defensive end at 35 years old. Andre Iguodala is also an interesting option for Los Angeles, but his availability is dependent on whether or not the Memphis Grizzlies buy him out. So far, it doesn’t seem like they will, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Lakers stand pat until he’s signed or traded to another team.
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