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Ellenson is largely predicted to go in the late lottery to mid first round. Ridiculous reach at 2 and likely long gone by 32. Could we be considering making a move to move into the middle of the first round?? Hmmmm...
 

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Brandon Ingram (@B_Ingram13) scheduled for private workout with Lakers on Thursday, according to league sources.


edit: oops, damn u kfc
 

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Lakers worked out Jaylen Brown and Skal Labissierre today. They'll work out Buddy Hield next week.

So far it seems like they're doing their due diligence and working out players in all ranges of the first round.
 

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: Lakers to hire Raptors 905 head coach Jesse Mermuys

Update: Chris Reichert of Upside and Motor (essentially the Adrian Wojnarowski of D-League journalists) reports he has confirmed Mermuys is joining Walton's stafff.

Original story follows:

Courtesy of the Golden State Warriors' continued playoff run, the Los Angeles Lakers have unfortunately yet to secure the services of their head-coach-to-be in Luke Walton. Around this time of year, new head coaches would be putting together their staff, helping the front office plan for the draft, and in a few weeks, preparing for summer league.

Save for the hiring of Brian Shaw as associate head coach to act as his proxy for such things, however, Luke has (justifiably) been much more interested in ensuring that the Warriors repeat as champions. His frequent contact with Mitch Kupchak notwithstanding, it is understandably difficult for Luke to execute any of the traditional duties of a head coach while devoting his full attention to his current responsibilities.
http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/6/12/11917706/report-lakers-to-hire-raptors-905-head-coach-jesse-mermuys
 

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Luke is filling out his staff:

http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/7/1/12082642/la-lakers-coaching-news-brian-shaw-jesse-mermuys-mark-madsen

The Los Angeles Lakers announced the hirings of three assistants for new head coach Luke Walton on Friday morning. After a lot of rumors and speculation, Brian Shaw will officially re-join the Lakers as associate head coach, with former Raptors 905 head coach also joining Luke Walton's staff.

The team will additionally retain Mark Madsen as an assistant after he served on former head coach Byron Scott's staff, and it is unknown when or if they will add to Walton's staff at this time.

In a separate release, the team announced their Las Vegas Summer League roster, which Mermuys will serve as head coach of, with Madsen (who coached the team in Las Vegas last year) and D-Fenders head coach Casey Owens serving as his assistants.

These are additions that were already reported, but them officially being in place allows the Lakers to begin fully preparing for Summer League, training camp, and beyond.
 

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summer league roster:

http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/7/1/12082766/la-lakers-officially-announce-las-vegas-summer-league-roster

Most of the roster speculation around the Los Angeles Lakers has (understandably) centered on the team’s free agency in recent days. However, with Las Vegas Summer League right around the corner, the team needed to get its roster for the competition in place within the next week.

The Lakers have officially done so, and released their official Summer League roster in a press release on Friday morning. As expected, D’Angelo Russell, Larry Nance, Jr., Anthony Brown, and Brandon Ingram will all head to Las Vegas for the exhibition. A few of the other previously reported names like Jabari Brown, Zach Auguste, Moustapha Fall, and Jamil Wilson will also join the team.




Falling at least somewhat under the category of a surprise is the inclusion of Lakers’ second round pick Ivica Zubac, who had said on draft night that he hoped to play, but the team was unsure if contractual issues with his European team would prevent him from joining the roster.

Additional names that had not been previously reported include Nikola Jovanovic, Trevor Lacey, Xavier Munford, Ethan Wragge, and Jarvis Varnado. New Lakers assistant Jesse Mermuys will coach the team, with Lakers assistant coach Mark Madsen and Los Angeles D-Fenders head coach Casey Owens serving as his assistants. Here is the list in full:


Jovanovic is an undrafted free agent out of USC, who gives the team some big man depth. Varnado is an NBA veteran who has played for the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics, and Philadelphia 76ers and will round out the teams rotation at center

Wragge went undrafted out of Creighton two years ago and has been playing in Germany, while Lacey went undrafted last year and spent the last year playing professionally in Italy. Munford is a slightly more interesting name who finished last season with the Memphis Grizzlies after being called up from the D-League and will provide depth in the backcourt

Perhaps most interesting was the exclusion of the newly re-signed Jordan Clarkson. The Lakers had reportedly hoped he would play in Summer League, but it looks like both sides must have decided against that move.
 

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Randle and Clarkson have both played in two summer leagues. No reason for them to play. I'd rather them continue to work on their individual games. Russell could use the PT to build chemistry with with Ingram, Nance, Zubac and Brown and to begin learning the new offense.
 
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