The 2014 NBA draft is now in the rearview for the Los Angeles Lakers as the storied franchise were able to bring in two promising young prospects in the form of Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson. Now that Randle and Clarkson are in the fold, the focus will be on NBA free agency and the upcoming NBA Summer League campaign for Los Angeles.
On Tuesday, the Lakers released their roster for the Summer League. Randle and Clarkson will be able to showcase their skills for the first time for anxious Lakers fans starting on July 11 as two of many intriguing players on the squad.
Clarkson and Randle will join Rodrigue Beaubois, Xavier Gibson, Anthony Ireland, Jerome Jordan, DeAndre Kane, Kendall Marshall, Trevor Mbakwe, Kevin Murphy, LaQuinton Ross, Roscoe Smith and Renaldo Woolridge.
Although there’s a lot of questions marks surrounding the immediate future of the storied franchise, the young players on this Summer League roster could end up making the squad for the 2014-15 NBA season. Marshall and Beaubois will be players to watch heading into this tournament in Las Vegas along with Randle and Clarkson.
With only a handful of players under contract for next season, the Lakers seem to be exploring all options in terms of filling out the roster. That being said, all of the players invited to play on the Summer League squad have a shot to make a lasting impression that could result in them wearing purple and gold next season.
As of right now, Marshall and Randle seem to be the only players that will more than likely be on the team’s roster next season. Clarkson has also received high praise and is considered to be a second-round steal for the Lakers, but he still has much to prove in order to make a roster that could potentially have a crowded backcourt filled with point guards.
At this point in time, the Lakers will have Steve Nash returning along with Marshall. Jordan Farmar might also re-sign with the team if the Lakers brass want some insurance at the position with Nash dealing with constant injury problems over the last two seasons.
Needless to say, anything is possible heading toward a potentially telling Summer League tournament for the Lakers. The team wants to rebuild with young talent like Randle and Clarkson and may find a gem or two with the young players invited to participate in Las Vegas starting July 11 against the Toronto Raptors at COX Pavilion.