The Vegas Pro League roster for the Los Angeles Lakers was announced by L.A. Times writer, Eric Pincus.
It may be a surprise to see Julius Randle’s name on the roster, considering he has been seeing multiple doctors this week in regards to his surgically repaired foot from high school. In addition to the Randle, Jordan Clarkson, and Kendall Marshall, Dallas Mavericks veteran Rodrigue Beaubois and New York Knicks veteran Jerome Jordan add presence to the roster. Free agent signees DeAndre Kane and LaQuinton Ross were also added to the roster as well.
The Lakers will hold their first practice Monday, followed by their first game on July 11 against the Toronto Raptors. The team will also play on July 13 and 14, followed by at least two games of tournament play (yet to be scheduled).
The level of play has been raised since the format change to the Vegas Pro League. A Pro League playoff has been added, which led to very competitive games towards the end of the two-week process. Last year, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Sacramento Kings. Kent Bazemore made a name for himself through the Vegas Pro League. Laker fans hope to keep him for the upcoming season.
This year’s Laker roster is guard-heavy, but should come out with a high energy of play considering how well Kane, Clarkson, Marshall, and Beaubois do well in transition play. The Vegas Pro League gives fans a closer look at seeing the players, not only in action, but often in the stands as well.
Look forward to an exciting summer league. Players learn a lot about the team’s culture and team chemistry can be built in a short amount of time. Who knows? Maybe a few players from the roster will make the team. Elias Harris did last year.