The Lakers are slowly working on filling in their roster and beefing up their bench with young, trainable talent.
One of their most interesting picks recently is the former UCLA player Reeves Nelson. You may recall a certain Sports Illustrated article last year when Reeves was accused of all kinds of locker room shenanigans, including urinating on a teammate, presumably as a kind of hazing.
Piss-poor decisions aside, Reeves has been working hard get back in the NBA, spending time playing in Lithuania and even playing in the Lakers' summer league.
He was signed to the Lakers last week on a non-guaranteed contract that could bank him roughly $700,000. What this means, is if the Lakers don't like what they see, he gets nothing.
So despite his presumed past transgressions, GM Mitch Kupchak sees something in Reeves that's worth taking the risk.
Look at Metta World Peace. He got a second chance with the Lakers and considerably cleaned up his act. Elbows aside, he's no longer sipping Hennessy at halftime. Reeves likely won't see a lot of game time, but if he does, he'll be filling MWP's shoes.
The Lakers also signed Greg Somogyi of UCSB. He is 7'3” which makes him the tallest Laker on the team. Greg has received a non-guaranteed contract and will attend training camp.
Robert Sacre finally got signed with the team who drafted him. He's a 7-footer who impressed Kupchak in the summer league, starting in five of the games. It's unclear what his contract is at this time, but he will be at training camp.
Considering how promising Sacre is and his basketball history, it's a bit surprising the Lakers took this long to sign him. Last year, he was ranked second all-time in Gonzaga's long history, and had 186 blocks.
The Lakers did a great job with all of these players because they're is essentially no risk involved. If players don't perform, they don't get paid. This echoes how many fans think players should be paid in general, but especially for young players who have a lot to prove.