Lakers Might Add Another Veteran Forward for One of Their Final Roster Spots

Published 09/24/2021, 3:47 PM EDT
Jan 18, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Immanuel Quickley (5) drives past Orlando Magic forward James Ennis III (11) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Kathy Willens/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers 2021-22 roster has been a big topic of discussion for the past few months. Last season, the team was eliminated after their Round 1 loss against the Phoenix Suns, which also served as LeBron James’ first Round 1 exit.

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With the 2021-22 season nearing, the organization is determined to bounce back this season. And as a 14th roster spot is left, the Lakers might look to sign James Ennis.

With two spots left on their training camp roster, the team has a couple of options for any player they want to try out. Here’s a look at Ennis, and if there is a chance for the Los Angeles Lakers to sign him on their roster.

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Will James Ennis be a part of the Lakers roster soon?

According to recent reports, Ennis has worked out with the Lakers this week. The team, however, has two spots left. If they want, they can sign a guaranteed player or maybe have a camp invite for a player they can assess for their G League counterpart.

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Ennis started his career in 2014 with the Miami Heat, playing with other teams like the Memphis Grizzlies and Philadelphia 76ers before joining the Orlando Magic in 2019. Shooting 47.3% from the field, and 43.3% from the three-point range, Ennis could be a good addition to the Lakers roster.

Jan 15, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) attempts a basket against Orlando Magic forward James Ennis III (11) during the third quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

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General Manager Rob Pelinka has spoken about signing another player, explaining that they are doing final evaluations to see what to do with their 14th roster spot. “It’s not an absolute. We’re always fluid and anything can be presented and then we are in kind of our final evaluations on what to do with the 14th spot”.

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The Lakers roster has been in the spotlight for signing multiple veterans, who will be playing around their big three–James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook. While Westbrook was the blockbuster trade this season, the remaining roster can be the key to winning another NBA title.

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Devika

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Devika Pawar is a golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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