Earlier in the day Friday the Lakers waived Kendall Marshall, simultaneously creating some cap space but also creating an extra roster spot to fill. The team wasted little time in filling Marshall’s vacated spot, and more, inking some familiar faces to contracts:
The Lakers are not done making moves, apparently. In an effort to open up a sliver of cap space (more on this in a minute), the team has moved on from the Kendall Marshall era (at least in the short term):
Lakers waiving guard Kendall Marshall, but have interest in bringing him back on a new deal if he clears waivers, league sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 18, 2014
Marshall’s salary for this upcoming season – $915,243 — was not guaranteed, so the Lakers take no hit for waiving Marshall and open up that amount of cap space. This may not seem important, but, in reality, it was a needed move if the team wants to keep Ryan Kelly while also signing Nick Young to his reported deal.
If you follow me on twitter, you know how I feel about this particular player by now. If you don’t, well, just know I am not a fan.
But this isn’t about me, it is about the player the Lakers just signed to a one year, $3.251 million (that extra 10K was tacked on a la a Price Is Right bid) contract via the amnesty waiver claim on Thursday. So, yes, Carlos Boozer is a Laker.
I’ll save the negativity for later, so if that’s what you came for just scroll down a bit.
After the Lakers lost to the Sixers at Summer League, 83-61, Jordan Clarkson stopped by for a conversation.
Clarkson was asked about his progression in the four Summer League games he’s played.
“I’m trying to get used to the pace of the game. Playing at different speeds.”
He was then asked if he’s shown enough to impress the Lakers front office.
“Yeah, I think so. I’m just coming out here to compete and work hard. I’m trying to do that every time I step on the court.”
Clarkson then talked about playing alongsite Kendall Marshall and was asked if he had to play both guard spots.
“It’s interchangeable. Sometimes, it’s what coach calls. We just kinda rotate on what’s going on the court.”
Jordan raved about his fellow rookie, Julius Randle.
“He’s versatile. He can put the ball on the ground. I don’t think too many 6’10″ guys can stay in front of him. And he’s athletic enough to finish and make plays. The dude’s a beast.”
Did he have a preference on which guard spot to play?
“No preference for me. Just a playmaker trying to make plays. Just doing what I can to help the team.”
Clarkson was asked about the biggest adjustment he had to make from college to the professional level.
“Just the pace. Sometimes, I play a little but too fast; I need to slow down. I’m still a rookie. I’m just going to keep learning and make sure I learn fast.”
I asked him what he was working on the most about his game.
“Just everything. My all-around game. My team chemistry, being able to make shots, make plays, create for others… it’s really everything.”
Jordan Clarkson has been impressive in Summer League thus far. He has no fear when it comes to penetration and wreaks some havoc on both ends of the court. Here’s to hoping he carries it over to his first NBA regular season.
I actually don’t know what to say about this. Here’s Marc Stein from ESPN with this news:
ESPN has learned that the Los Angeles Lakers have won the amnesty auction with the highest bid for Boozer
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 17, 2014
I don’t get it.
The Lakers paid a LOT of money to keep Jordan Hill. They drafted a promising Julius Randle. Just yesterday, they claimed Ed Davis. And we all thought that it’s inevitable for Ryan Kelly to come back. I was looking forward to the Lakers developing these young players and seeing if Jordan Hill can be a 30-minute-per-game player.
This Carlos Boozer acquisition mucks it all up. I mean, what am I not seeing here that the Lakers are? Boozer is going to take away lots of minutes from the young guys. He’s a better fit for a contending team and we all know that the Lakers are far from that. Why stunt Randle’s development?
Boozer is pretty much all midrange jumpers at this point of his career. Your grandmother can play better defense than him and Boozer yells more than an intense Street Fighter II fight. I mean, I guess he can be the grizzled veteran that can mentor the kids here but I think I’m pushing it at this point.
Yeah. I’m not a fan of this transaction. And I’m actually NICER than a lot of people about Carlos Boozer.