The LA Lakers recently re-signed Dennis Schroder to a one-year $2.6 million contract – adding another point guard to the mix. Despite giving up on an $80 million contract extension after the 2020-21 season – when Schroder played for the Lakers – he seems determined to make this stint work.
While Schroder's signing has put more on Darvin Ham's plate, ESPN's Brian Windhorst raised concerns over the Lakers' decision-making.
"I don't believe that the basketball people in this organization believe that this is a group that's actually gonna work," Windhorst said.
LA Lakers' roster woes
The LA Lakers' recent history doesn't validate an A grade for their roster construction. After a horrible 2021-22 experiment, efforts to find a Russell Westbrook trade have failed. Shooting was a significant concern for the Lakers last season, an area many see as 'unaddressed.'
In the past, LeBron James' successful teams have all had reliable shooters, including Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Danny Green in the 2019-20 season. Amidst no valuable improvements in that category, Windhorst raised further doubt.
"You're looking at all these guys who don't shoot the ball well in a in a league where shooting is not only in a premium, but for the last 15 years in this league, every team that's had LeBron James had shooting," Windhorst said.
Kendrick Nunn's return is still uncertain
The LA Lakers roster now has four point guards: Dennis Schroder, Patrick Beverly, Kendrick Nunn, and Russell Westbrook. However, Kendrick Nunn has only been spotted in plain clothes on the sidelines throughout the 2021-22 season.
Nunn is the best shooter in the lot, but a knee injury has kept him out of action for a prolonged period. But, there is no report from the Lakers assuring he will be ready for the 2022-23 campaign.
"Their best shooter amongst all these guys is Kendrick Nunn, who hasn't played in a year and we don't even know how healthy is gonna be at the start of the season," Windhorst explained.