With the Lakers a little less than a month away before training camp, they still plan on filling out their roster.
The Lakers will “probably” sign one to three more players next month’s training camp that begins on Sept. 29th in Hawaii, according to a league source familiar with the situation.
The Lakers have had “ongoing discussions” about signing Euroleague guard Marcelo Huertas. The 32-year-old Brazilian national team player has played for FC Barcelona in Spain for the past four years. He averaged 7.4 points and 4.4 assists last season. That would complement a competitive Lakers backcourt that currently includes Kobe Bryant, D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams. But the Lakers have not yet signed Huertas to a deal.
The Lakers have also had discussions about signing Metta World Peace, who played for the Lakers from 2009 to 2013 and played a large part in their 2010 NBA title run against the Boston Celtics. World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, has played overseas in China and Italy since the New York Knicks waived him in 2014. But he has worked out regularly at the Lakers’ practice facility and in pickup games at the Drew League in Watts.
The Lakers currently have 16 players under contract, including non-guaranteed deals for Tarik Black and Jabari Brown. The Lakers are over the NBA’s 15-man roster limit, but they can field as many as 20 players during training camp.