Robert Sacre recorded another solid performance last night: 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. It’s been thought for quite a while now that he’ll lock up a roster spot on the team.
That would bring the Los Angeles Lakers‘ roster size to 14 players: the league maximum is 15, so there’s a spot there for another player if the Lakers wanted to sign either Darius Johnson-Odom or Andrew Goudelock.
However, according to sources of ESPN.com, the Lakers may just sign Sacre and call it a day:
The Lakers have 13 guaranteed contracts already taking up spots on their roster. A team can carry a maximum of 15 players in the NBA, but sources indicate L.A. will probably stick with 14 and leave a roster spot open to save money on their already exorbitant salary sum, and to give them flexibility later in case they want to pick up an established veteran available on the market to give the bench some punch.
It wouldn’t be completely surprising if they went into the season with just 14 players under contract as they have done the same many times in the past. Though, some have felt that they may sign Johnson-Odom to the last spot.
As the ESPN piece points out though, it could pay off to keep a roster spot free; if the team is hit with unexpected injuries or a big name becomes available to sign, they’ll have space to offer a contract.
We’ll know soon enough as the Lakers need to have their roster set for opening night on Tuesday.