Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers recently signed veteran’s Rajon Rondo and DeAndre Jordan, but they also traded away Marc Gasol to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Gasol is going to be bought out of his contract and head to Spain to be with family, ending his NBA career for now, but with the additions of Dwight Howard and DeAndre Jordan in the offseason, plus the fact that Anthony Davis will be playing a lot of center this year, the Lakers had no need for Gasol anymore.
After moving the veteran center, the Lakers are now left with 13 roster spots and while they may keep one spot open to begin the year, they will likely be adding another experienced player to their roster with the 14th spot ahead of training camp, especially on the wing.
Wesley Matthews definitely still remains a possible signing for Los Angeles, but so does James Ennis III, who spent last season with the Orlando Magic. Ennis has been in Orlando for the last year-and-a-half, as he joined them during the 2019-20 season, and the 31-year-old wing has played quite well for them.
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Last season, James Ennis averaged 8.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, and shot 43.3% from three-point range in 41 total games, this proving his worth in this league as a “3-and-D” perimeter player.
While the Lakers did bring in Kent Bazemore this offseason, another experienced veteran wing, Los Angeles could still benefit from adding a wing player like Ennis to their roster.
He can shoot, defend and provide Los Angeles with key minutes off the bench here and there, which is why Ennis is not only the Lakers’ best free-agent option out there, but he is probably the best free agent still remaining unsigned up to this point.