Fans have been clamoring for a shakeup given that the team is currently on a losing streak during a five-game homestand Anthony Davis called a must-win situation.
On Saturday, as first reported by NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers began making moves in the margins to improve the roster, starting with the two-way signing of Dylan Windler.
G League G/F Dylan Windler has agreed on a two-way contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, Mark Bartelstein and Andy Shiffman of @PrioritySports tell ESPN. Windler had a 23-point, 33-rebound performance on Friday for the Knicks’ Westchester affiliate. pic.twitter.com/JXWAsnJ212— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 6, 2024
It's clear the Lakers could use a dynamic guard and while Windler isn't Zach LaVine, if the team sees potential and wants to take a flyer on him, it seems like a low-risk, high-reward scenario.
The Lakers already have three players on two-way contracts, so that means someone will have to be let go to make room for Windler. The Lakers didn’t just move one but two players waiving Alex Fudge and D’Moi Hodge.
Lakers announce they have waived Alex Fudge and D’Moi Hodge pic.twitter.com/SfLVWJ1Tl9— Jacob Rude (@JacobRude) January 6, 2024
Fudge's playing time with the South Bay Lakers was minimal, averaging 14.2 minutes per game, the lowest amount of the three two-way guys. So, it makes sense that he was the player who was released to make room for another prospect.
Hodge wasn’t exactly lighting it up in the G-League either he was averaging 11.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. He played in seven games for the Lakers but it was typically just garbage time minutes.
This transaction likely won't alter the team's trajectory this season, but it's proof that the Lakers are looking at ways to improve and acting on those needs now, not just letting things play out and reevaluating them later.
This is a critical time in the season. This is the final opportunity to make trades, sign players and settle on your roster and personnel for the rest of the year.
Clearly, the Lakers wanted to improve their two-way options, and waiving two players gives them added flexibility to add another two-way player to the roster.
Now we'll have to see what and see if they make that addition or execute another move like trading rotation players to add a scoring guard to this roster.
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