The Los Angeles Lakers are nearing the completion of their roster for the 2016-17 NBA season. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Lakers will sign the 23-year-old power forward/center Zach Auguste to a contract.
With the dream of reviving the team’s legacy, the Los Angeles Lakers decided to undergo a rebuilding process. In the 2016 NBA draft, the Lakers selected Brandon Ingram and Ivica Zubac to join their young cores.
The Lakers added two veterans in the recent free agency, Timofey Mozgov, and Luol Deng, to balance their roster. Marc Stein of ESPN revealed that the Lakers were in advance talk to sign Chinese star Yi Jianlian, making their roster complete.
However, there are rumors circulating that the Lakers are also interested in signing the 6-foot-10 center Zach Auguste this summer. The Lakers are reportedly interested in giving a deal to Auguste but haven’t discussed the terms.
I hear the Lakers have a deal with Zach Auguste, who played for the summer league squad, haven't gotten word on terms
— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) August 21, 2016
The current Lakers roster has 14 players including D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Luol Deng, Julius Randle, Timofey Mozgov, Jose Calderon, Lou Williams, Brandon Ingram, Ivica Zubac, Marcelo Huertas, Nick Young, Anthony Brown, Tarik Black and Larry Nance Jr.
With the possible addition of Yi Jianlian, the Lakers will now be having a complete 15-man roster. According to Trevor Lane of Lakers Nation, NBA rules limit NBA regular season rosters to 15, which means they would have to cut someone with a guaranteed contract in order to keep Auguste around.
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Nick Young has been involved in the rumors in the past months. There are speculations that he will either be traded or waived before the start of the season. If the Lakers are serious about signing Zach Auguste, they might consider moving ‘Swaggy P’ out of the team.
However, another problem is that the Lakers have a plethora of big men. Should Auguste join the Lakers, he will be battling for playing time against Timofey Mozgov, Ivica Zubac and Tarik Black for the center position.
Same with the power forward position where the Lakers have Larry Nance Jr., Julius Randle, and Yi Jianlian.
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