With the free agent negotiating period set to begin on July 1st, teams will begin with a varying number of players under contract, and that number will increase as the signings commence. It can’t be assumed that teams will continue to possess the soon-to-be free agents and players who have options for next season, so they’re not a part of the 2015/16 team rosters just yet, nor are unsigned draft picks. The deadline to make qualifying offers to restricted free agents is June 30th, and June 29th for most options to be decided upon, be they team, player, or early termination.
During the offseason it’s OK for teams to carry as many as 20 players, but clubs must trim their rosters down to a maximum of 15 by opening night. In the meantime, some teams will hang around that 15-man line, while others will max out their roster counts. Some clubs may actually have more than 15 contracts that are at least partially guaranteed on the books. That means they’ll end up paying players who won’t be on the regular season roster, unless they can find trade partners.
With plenty more movement still to come, here’s the latest look at the Lakers’ roster size, the contract guarantee status of each player, and how each player came to be on Los Angeles’ roster.
(Last Updated 1-7-16, 6:00pm)
Fully Guaranteed (15)
- Brandon Bass (F) — 6’8″/30 years old. Free agent signing.
- Tarik Black (F) — 6’11″/23 years old. Claimed off waivers via Rockets.
- Anthony Brown (F) — 6’7″/22 years old. Drafted with No. 34 overall pick in 2015.
- Kobe Bryant (G) — 6’6″/36 years old. Draft rights acquired via Hornets.
- Jordan Clarkson (G) — 6’5″/23 years old. Draft rights acquired via Wizards.
- Roy Hibbert (C) — 7’2″/28 years old. Acquired via trade from Pacers.
- Marcelo Huertas (G) — 6’3″/32 years old. Free agent signing.
- Ryan Kelly (F) — 6’11″/24 years old. Drafted with No. 48 overall pick in 2013.
- Larry Nance Jr. (F) —6’9″/22 years old. Drafted with No. 27 overall pick in 2015.
- Julius Randle (F) — 6’9″/20 years old. Drafted with No. 7 overall pick in 2014.
- D’Angelo Russell (G) — 6’5″/19 years old. Drafted with No. 2 overall pick in 2015.
- Robert Sacre (C) — 7’0″/26 years old. Drafted with No. 60 overall pick in 2012.
- Lou Williams (G) — 6’1″/28 years old. Free agent signing.
- Metta World Peace (F) — 6’7″/35 years old. Free agent signing.
- Nick Young (F) — 6’7″/30 years old. Free agent signing.
10-Day Contracts (0)
TOTAL ROSTER COUNT (15)