Lakers Welcome Louis King to Preseason Roster, but Is He Here to Stay?

The Los Angeles Lakers have officially added combo forward Louis King to their preseason roster, but questions remain about his long-term prospects with the team.

In a surprising move, the Los Angeles Lakers have officially welcomed combo forward Louis King to their preseason roster, as announced on the franchise’s Twitter account. However, the acquisition of King raises questions about his role on the team, given the Lakers’ crowded roster.

When the news broke yesterday that the 6’7″ former Oregon Duck would be joining the Lakers on a training camp contract, there was speculation that his stay might be short-lived. The Lakers currently have 14 players with guaranteed contracts on their 15-man standard roster, and all three of their two-way contract spots are filled. This suggests that the Lakers might not see King as an immediate fit for the regular season.

Louis King, 24, has had a journeyman career in the NBA, having previously suited up for the Detroit Pistons, Sacramento Kings, and Philadelphia 76ers since going undrafted out of college. He has also spent time with various NBA G League affiliate clubs, showcasing his skills and versatility on the court. With the Delaware Blue Coats, King impressed, averaging 16.5 points, five assists, and 4.7 rebounds per game.

One intriguing aspect of King’s career is his standout performance with the Sacramento Kings’ Summer League team in 2021, where he not only showcased his skills but also helped lead the team to a Summer League championship. This accomplishment speaks to his potential and ability to make an impact when given the opportunity.

Key Takeaways:

  • Louis King joins the Los Angeles Lakers’ preseason roster, but his long-term status with the team remains uncertain due to roster constraints.
  • The Lakers currently have a full standard roster with 14 players under guaranteed contracts, leaving limited room for additional signings.
  • King has a diverse NBA journey, playing for multiple teams and making his mark in the NBA G League, where he showcased his scoring and playmaking abilities. His Summer League MVP win in 2021 adds to his potential.

As the Lakers prepare for the upcoming preseason, the addition of Louis King adds depth and competition to the roster. Whether he can secure a spot on the Lakers’ regular-season squad will likely depend on his performance during training camp and preseason games. Lakers fans will be watching closely to see if King can prove himself as a valuable asset to the team or if he’s destined for another journey through the NBA ranks.

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