Lakers forward Devin Ebanks (3) and teammate Pau Gasol battle Clippers… (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles…)
Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss deserve a vacation.
A long and relaxing one.
The Lakers announced Jodie Meeks and Devin Ebanks signed with the Lakers on Monday, making their roster pretty much complete. The team now has 14 players under contract. They field a star-studded starting lineup in Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace. They added critical reserve pieces in Antawn Jamsion and Jordan Hill.
With Meeks signing a two-year, $3-million deal, the Lakers acquired a definitive backup shooting guard who could lower Bryant's minutes and provide needed outside shooting. The 6-foot-4 Meeks, who played for the Philadelphia 76ers in three of his four NBA seasons, averaged a career-high 37% from three-point range in the last two years.
Ebanks accepted a qualifying offer worth a little over $1 million after averaging four points and 2.3 rebounds in his second season with the Lakers last year. It's likely his playing time will increase since the Lakers didn't resign veteran forward Matt Barnes. Ebanks started 12 games in varying circumstances, averaging 6.4 points on 47.8% shooting and 3.2 rebounds in those contests.
All NBA teams can have up to 15 players on their roster, though only 12 can dress. Reserve guard Andrew Goudelock is under contract, though the Lakers have a team option on him. Second-round picks Darius Johnson-Odom and Robert Sacre are unsigned but could play in training camp.
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