The Los Angeles Lakers chose not to give qualifying offers to Darius Morris, Andrew Goudelock and Devin Ebanks, making all three of them free agents on July 1.
This doesn’t mean they won’t be on the team, but just that the Lakers didn’t want to pay Morris’ $1.2 million qualifying offer or Goudelock’s $1.08 million. Both could be signed for the $884,293 league minimum though.
Mitch Kupchak has extended an offer for Morris to play in the Lakers’ summer league. The guard said:
"If I get my contract straightened away before then, I'd be more than happy to play summer league. I think I'm just developing and coming into my own, with my skills on the court and with my body physically.”
Goudelock spent most of last season down in the D-League where he earned $44,000 and was voted MVP of the league. He had this to say about his situation:
“The experience I gained was invaluable moving forward. Whoever was watching knows I can definitely play. I think I took advantage of my opportunity.”
As for Ebanks, the Lakers weren’t going to pay him anything near the $1.3 million qualifier, and they also don’t feel he’s worth the minimum contract.
Bringing back both Morris and Goudelock back makes a lot of sense because both have been with the team for several years now, and they’re hungry to prove themselves. They also have something the Lakers can’t buy enough of right now: youth.
It was questionable last year when they chose Morris over Goudelock, but many thought it was for money reasons.