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The Lakers season begins tomorrow, but their overall health and player availability has been a key storyline over the last couple of days. While Lonzo Ball made it known he would he would play, Julius Randle’s intercostal strain and Andrew Bogut’s groin issues have made their status unknown.

That, though, is no longer true.

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The reigning G League MVP, Vander Blue, is returning to the Lakers. Again. According to Yahoo! Sports’ Shams Charania the young guard has signed a two way contract to rejoin the team. Part of the final round of training camp cuts, Vander stayed in Los Angeles because it was inevitable that he would once again be signed by one of the Laker franchises training in El Segundo.

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Preseason is behind us. We’ve counted the stats and learned a few things in the process. But, come Thursday, the real games start. The question is, what will be the Lakers starting lineup? We still don’t know.

The question of who will start at power forward is still unknown. We have our opinions, but Luke Walton is still mum on who it will be. If I were a betting man, I’d lean towards Larry Nance who has been getting run with the first five and because Julius Randle still isn’t practicing fully (he did not scrimmage in Tuesday’s session).

The other question, though, has nothing to do with injury or a positional battle, but with a suspension. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will miss the first two games of the regular season after pleading guilty to DUI charges while still a member of the Detroit Pistons. KCP’s suspension opens the door for another Lakers wing to join the starting group. Only, we don’t know who it will be.

And neither does Walton. Or at least he’s not saying even if he does.

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Strong Hart has Weak Leg

Sten Ensberg —  October 16, 2017 — 

A tough string of Lakers injury news continued for Josh Hart Monday when he left practice with an Achilles strain. An MRI has been scheduled to determine the extent of the injury. This most recent injury comes on the heels of ankle and hamstring injuries that have followed him from Las Vegas Summer League to Los Angeles preseason action.

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With the NBA season starting within the week, the Lakers waived Vander Blue, Briante Weber, and Travis Wear per a press release Saturday. The roster now stands at 16, with no other cuts expected (Alex Caruso, the 16th player on the roster is on a two-way contract and does not need to be cut). No additional Lakers roster moves are expected before the start of the season.

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The Lakers sign Travis Wear isn’t something I expected to hear today, but here we are. The team announced Wear’s signing via a press release today. Wear, who played for the Lakers summer league championship team, is a stretch PF who helped space the floor as both a 4 and, in some super small lineups, a 5 in Las Vegas.

If the timing of this deal seems strange, it kind of is. After all, the Lakers just released two players this week to bring their training camp roster down to 18. Wear’s signing, then, brings them back up to 19, and does so right before the last exhibition game and before additional cuts will need to be made.

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For those thirsting for more Lakers news out of training camp besides how the team finally got their first win of the preseason, the team announced they have trimmed their training camp roster to 18, waiving Forward VJ Beachem and Center Stephen Zimmerman.

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The waves coming in and out at the beach. A sunset. Steph Curry shooting jump shots. These are all pretty things. Andrew Bogut’s offensive Synergy profile? Not so much.

Bogut played 26 games last season for the Dallas Mavericks. He didn’t have big minutes or play a ton of games, but he had 944 touches last season, 80% the number of touches Ivica Zubac had.

If you were to pull Bogut’s Synergy data, you’d see his 0.612 points per possession scoring efficiency, which would rank him 397th of 398 players who had at least as many possessions as Bogut last season.

You’d also see that he has the highest turnover percentage of any of those 398 players at 33.3%. One out of every three possessions Bogut had was a turnover.

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