As training camp commences, the Los Angeles Lakers are gearing up for the season ahead, and one thing’s for certain – they’re playing the waiting game with one open roster spot. The Lakers have made it clear that they intend to maintain this vacancy, a strategic move designed to ensure they have the flexibility needed for any unexpected opportunities that may arise during the course of the season.
“The NBA’s league-wide guarantee date is January 10. If he’s not waived by January 7 (in order to clear waivers before Jan. 10), Green will earn his full $3.2MM salary.”
In recent years, the Lakers have demonstrated a penchant for bringing back familiar faces from their past, a trend that might persist, especially if a player with the potential to bolster their roster emerges. Notably, two members of the Lakers’ 2020 championship-winning team, Danny Green and Markieff Morris, currently find themselves on non-guaranteed contracts with their respective teams as the new season unfolds. Green has inked a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, while Morris has committed to the Dallas Mavericks. However, the nature of their contracts does not entirely rule out the possibility of a reunion with the Lakers at some point this season.
“Markieff Morris‘ new contract with the Mavericks is a one-year, minimum-salary deal that is partially guaranteed, according to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, who tweets that Morris received a $200K guarantee.”
Between the two, Markieff Morris stands out as a more plausible candidate for a return to the Lakers. This assessment takes into account the Lakers’ already crowded guard roster, coupled with Green’s relatively advanced age. Morris, known for his grit and ability to knock down shots, could potentially offer valuable assets if released by the Mavericks. Realistically, it remains uncertain whether either player will don the purple and gold again. Nonetheless, the mere contemplation of their potential return stirs excitement among Lakers fans, as both Green and Morris played integral roles in the Lakers’ championship victory a few seasons ago, endearing themselves to the Lakers faithful.