Los Angeles Lakers Roster
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Free-agent center DeAndre Jordan recently finalized a contract buyout with the Pistons and, upon clearing waivers, is expected to ink a deal with the Lakers. The veteran underwhelmed from a statistical perspective during the 2020-21 campaign while with the Brooklyn Nets, averaging 7.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks throughout 57 games. However, he could see an uptick in production in Los Angeles, and he will likely see minutes as a member of the starting lineup this season. However, Jordan's health has been an issue over the years, and it's apparent his best days are behind him. Still, the upside is there for managers who select him later during fantasy drafts.
Memphis Grizzlies guard Rajon Rondo is unlikely to remain with the team ahead of the upcoming 2021-22 NBA season. After the Los Angeles Clippers dealt Rondo during the offseason, the veteran will again look to move on and contribute to a team with championship aspirations. He began last season in Atlanta before ending up in L.A., averaging 7.6 points, 5.8 assists, and 1.0 steals throughout 18 games with the club. However, regardless of where he ends up, he probably won't get much attention from fantasy managers in any format, primarily since he isn't expected to contribute much, at least not consistently.
Los Angeles Lakers center Marc Gasol isn't guaranteed to remain with the team moving ahead. The veteran is expected to earn $2.7 million during the final year of his current deal. However, with Dwight Howard back in town and Anthony Davis anticipated to spend some time in the middle this season, L.A. may be looking to fill a void elsewhere by freeing up a roster spot. Nonetheless, the 36-year-old didn't contribute much during the 2020-21 campaign, averaging a career-low 5.0 points and 4.1 rebounds throughout 52 games. Regardless of where he ends up, it's likely he won't draw much attention from fantasy managers anyway.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Talen Horton-Tucker has agreed to a three-year, $32 million contract to remain with the team. The 20-year-old is one of the most highly touted up-and-coming players in the league, and he will have a chance to gain meaningful minutes off the bench during his third season in the league. Horton-Tucker averaged 9.0 points, 2.8 assists, and 2.6 rebounds throughout 65 games last season but averaged even more as a starter. He has Sixth Man of the Year potential, and he should be targeted after managers draft their starting lineups in deeper formats.
Guard Kendrick Nunn has agreed to a two-year deal with the Lakers. After the Heat withdrew its qualifying offer, making the 26-year-old an unrestricted free agent, he will now head to Los Angeles to join LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, and Anthony Davis. Nunn had the potential for an enhanced role in Miami. However, after Kyle Lowry agreed to take his talents to South Beach, his ceiling came crashing down. Nonetheless, while he doesn't have much value on the fantasy end, that could change if he receives a more prominent role at some point during the year.