The Los Angeles Lakers are rounding out their roster for training camps, with the latest addition being former Boston Celtics forward Matt Ryan.
The Lakers have signed Ryan to a non-guaranteed deal, per Shams Charania by The Athletic. Ryan is 25 years old and has spent most of his time in the G-League. He went undrafted from Chattanoogawhere he averaged 15.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 35.9% from depth as a senior.
He played in 30 G-League games with Grand Rapids Gold and Maine Celtics last season, averaging 19.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and shooting 41.3% from long range. Ryan was called up to the Celtics but didn’t crack the rotation, playing in a game in just five minutes and scoring three points.
While the Celtics decided to go in a different direction, Ryan found success Summer League stint with Boston, although he was limited to just a few games. He averaged 19 points and hit a wild buzzer-beater in one of the matchups.
Ryan will now get a chance to impress the Lakers and could potentially find a home with their G-League partner if he doesn’t make the list from camp. At 6-foot-7 with the ability to hit from deep, he’s an interesting prospect.
The Lakers are also close to making a deal with Dwayne Bacon
Charania added that the Lakers are nearing a deal with the former Charlotte Hornets and Orlando Magic wing Dwayne Speck. He had recently coached for the team and the Lakers must have liked what they saw of the former second-round draft.
Bacon has 80 starts in his NBA career, averaging 7.3 points and 2.6 rebounds. Last season he played abroad with AS Monaco Basket and averaged 13.6 points and 3.5 rebounds in 40 games played. Bacon also saw an increase in his 3-point shooting, hitting a 36.7% clip.
“My first two years [in the NBA]I’ve dealt with depression” Bacon said on The Role Player Podcast this summer. “Not to play, in my head like ‘Am I good enough?’ Come [overseas] and to be a factor, one of the main players… it made me feel so good.
“I definitely could have stayed in the league and sat there, but I came here and unleashed my full talent like this was actually the first time I’ve had a chance to really open my game since college.”
Russell Westbrook is still a big question for the Lakers
When training camp begins this week, point guard Russell Westbrook will be among those in attendance after a turbulent offseason that saw the former MVP mentioned in a string of trade rumors.
None of those deals materialized — for the most part because of his high salary — and the Lakers appear poised to play it back with Westbrook, who may have to adjust to a bench role. in a (n exclusive interview with ESPNWestbrook sounded open to the idea, although that could change once it becomes a reality.
“I’m fully committed to this team winning,” Westbrook told Adrian Wojnarowski. “I’m prepared for anything that comes my way.”
Westbrook will have some competition. The team traded for veteran Patrick Beverley this offseason and recently faced Dennis Schroder, who Westbrook previously played with in Oklahoma City.
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