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Elias Harris, Robert Sacre, Ryan Kelly

 

Apr 28, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Robert Sacre (50) grabs a rebound against the San Antonio Spurs in game four of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The youngbloods, as Uncle Drew might call them, all will likely be scarcely used this season, or at least not major contributors. With Harris, we saw his ability as a hustle player and occasional scorer in the summer league. He has potential, but will need time to develop any form of a consistent game offensively.

 

With Sacre, he showed tons of improvement in the summer league, but likely still not enough to crack the rotation. However, if he continues to improve, he could become a rotation player going into next year. Plus, his contributions on the bench are invaluable.

 

Ryan Kelly is completely unproven. We know what he did in college, but we have no idea if he can do the same at the pro level. His skill set lends itself to Mike D’Antoni’s system, but can he adapt to the game? Only time will tell, but considering he is just a rookie, it’d take a really bad showing this year for him not to be back.

 

VERDICT: All 3 will be Lakers in 2014-15

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  • Jim213

    Mostly agree with article, I’m hoping that WJ can prove himself as a strong asset to get resigned. IMO, NY needs more growth mentality and given his athleticism and his somewhat flamboyant ways I don’t see him as a Laker in the long term.

    I still expect some trades to occur to alleviate the cap tax though Nash should be placed on the trading block but given his age, good look in finding a suitor. Here’s my issue if Gasol fails to give the team a reason to not trade him he should then be traded for a future PG or another 2014 or 2015 lottery pick (lower seed).