OVERVIEW: Backup guard Sun Yue had a limited impact in his rookie season, averaging 0.6 points and 0.2 assists in 2.8 minutes in 10 games. He also played six games in two stints with the D-Fenders, the Lakers’ developmental league team, and averaged 9.8 points and 3.7 assists in 33.3 minutes. Sun then suffered what turned out to be a season-ending sprained left ankle. He is playing with the Chinese national team this summer, rather than joining the Lakers’ summer league team in Las Vegas. The Lakers have an Aug. 1 deadline to decide whether to terminate his contract for next season. It’s possible they might exercise that option and allow Sun to sign with a team that might give him a better chance to play next season. The Lakers’ roster is loaded with talent.
STRENGTH: He’s still a relatively young player (23) with obvious skills.
WEAKNESS: Hard to tell since he hardly played at all in 2008-09.
CONTRACT STATUS: Signed through 2009-10 (not guaranteed).
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