Your Los Angeles Lakers are making some adjustments alongside the fringes in their coaching camp roster. L.A. introduced as of late that it has waived guards Dwayne Bacon and Javante McCoy, necessarily making room for new signings Shaquille Harrison and L.J. Figueroa.
A 5-12 months school participant at Boston University, the 24-12 months-previous McCoy signed an Exhibit 10 coaching camp care for Los Angeles after going undrafted this summer time. If McCoy is signed this 12 months to the Lakers’ NBAGL associate in El Segundo, the South Bay Lakers, he can earn an advantage price up to $50,000. The 6’5″ guard could have theoretically also seen his contract converted to a two-way deal on the roster, though L.A. seems to prefer its current two-way players, Scotty Pippen Jr. and Cole Swider, and would have had to cut one to add McCoy that way.
6’6″ capturing guard Bacon, 27, inked an Exhibit 9 deal, a non-assured coaching camp settlement that lacks the 2 large perks (a two-method contract conversion or a signing bonus if he latches on with the associate group) of the Exhibit 10 contract. Exhibit 9 signees are normally competing with an eye fixed at the group’s 15-guy usual roster, extra so than becoming a member of a G League associate or getting a two-method deal. Bacon has 4 years of NBA revel in since being drafted through the Charlotte Hornets in 2017. During his absolute best statistical season, with the rebuilding Orlando Magic in 2020-21, the Florida State product averaged 10.9 issues, 3.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and zero.6 steals. He posted an underwhelming stat line of .402/.385/.824. During the 2021-22 season, he signed with most sensible French membership AS Monaco.
So why did L.A. make a decision to transport on from those two?
Both McCoy and Bacon rode the pine for the whole lot of L.A.’s preseason opener, a blowout 105-75 loss to the Sacramento Kings. Bacon were given some first rate run throughout the Lakers’ subsequent two preseason contests, suiting up for a median of 17.4 mins in again-to-again Las Vegas losses to the Phoenix Suns and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Bacon’s output around the two video games used to be wildly divergent. In the Suns contest, he shot an effective 3-of-5 from the ground and 5-of-7 from the charity stripe for a grand overall of eleven issues. He additionally chipped in two rebounds and a thieve. During the following evening’s exhibition in opposition to Minnesota, Bacon’s scoring deserted him. He went 0-for-5 from the ground and zero-for-2 from the loose throw line. He did pull down six rebounds, dish out 3 assists, and serve up one block in 20:51 mins of motion. For a Lakers group determined for capturing at the wing, including but some other slasher who’s simply a 31.4% profession 3-level shooter at all times gave the look of an uphill fight.
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Sharpshooting swingman Matt Ryan (no longer that one), signed to an Exhibit 9 similtaneously Bacon, turns out to face a a lot better shot at making the group. Ryan made 41.3% of his triples whilst enjoying for the Grand Rapids Gold and Maine Celtics of the G League in 2021/22. He adopted that up through nailing 52.6% of his lengthy-vary appears in two video games for the Celtics’ Summer League squad.
Let’s communicate concerning the new guys.
Harrison, 29, is a journeyman combo guard with 5 years’ revel in on the NBA degree. Across 175 video games for the Suns, Bulls, Jazz, Nuggets and Nets, the hyper-athletic Tulsa product holds averages of five.2 issues (on 43.6% capturing from the ground), 2.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and a thieve in step with sport.
The 6’4″ guard spent much of his 2021-22 season with the 76ers’ G League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats. He was honored as the NBA G League Defensive Player of the Year for his efforts. He averaged 12.6 points (on .427/.368/.767 shooting splits), 5.9 assists, 4.7 rebounds, a whopping 1.8 steals, and 0.6 blocks through 27 games at the G League level. Although he probably is what he is at this point in his career, it’s nice to see another Shaq on a Lakers roster in 2022.
After going undrafted out of the University of Oregon in 2021, L.J. Figueroa first signed with Dominican club Leones de Santo Domingo in the summer. The team claimed a league championship that season. Figueroa then joined the Golden State Warriors’ G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, for the duration of the 2021-22 season. Across 32 games for Santa Cruz (including 23 starts), the 6’6″ small ahead averaged 16.7 issues on .494/.323/.781 capturing, and chipped in 8.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, a thieve, and zero.6 blocks an evening.
Figueroa had lately inked a care for the South Bay Lakers, so it is a little bit of an interior promotion to the principle roster. He will perhaps go back to South Bay previous to the beginning of the 2022-23 common season.
Terms of the offers for this new duo haven’t begun to be divulged.