The ten former Lakers from 2021-22 are still looking for off-season work

If the topic of the Los Angeles Lakers’ free agency trend was established and familiar this past summer, this Los Angeles Lakers signature profile would best be described as fresh and emerging.

“I think we’re getting younger, I think we’re getting faster, I think we’re getting hungrier,” new Lakers coach Darvin Hamm said of his team’s free agency class titled Looney Walker IV (23), Troy Brown Jr.. (23), Thomas Bryant (25), Damian Jones (27) and Juan Toscano Anderson (29).

By contrast, until 2021, when nine players signed by the Lakers were aged 30 or older on veteran contracts — six of whom had prior franchise experience. Not to mention the two extra players in their 30s that Los Angeles signed on 10-day contracts when COVID-19 broke through the team’s mid-season, one of them – Isaiah Thomas – He was also back for a second in purple and gold. It was a flawed approach and a major contributing factor to the Lakers’ struggles, along with Russell Westbrookto retreat , LeBron James And the Anthony Davis It combines a 68-game absence due to injuries and former coach Frank Vogel’s inability to make the cut.

Outside Carmelo AnthonyA performance, which should be considered inspiring a 19-year-old at best and getting what you pay for at worst, the 30-year-old’s group proved unreliable, disappointing and prone to injury.

Now, more than a month into the 2022 free agency and with teams across the league having finished filling their rosters for the upcoming season, 10 of these 11 veteran players have been selected to be key players to boost the Lakers’ championship hunt. They are still looking for work.

And the only player from that group to join a new team this summer – Deandre Jordanwho signed a veteran minimum with the Denver Nuggets — finished last season in Philadelphia after being waived by Los Angeles in March.

Here’s a look at the former Lakers standing in the unemployment streak and front-office insider Bobby Marks giving his predictions for where each player could land next season.


Stats: 13.3 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 1.0 APG

What went right in 2021-22: Anthony and James became the first pair of 19-year veterans to be teammates in NBA history. The Lakers went 10-6 when Anthony made four or more 3s in the game. Vogel even credited Anthony with winning a few games on the defensive side of the ball early in the season, when he had two blocks and one steal against Memphis in late October, and four blocks and two steals against Houston a week later. Anthony was also named to and passed the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team Moses Malone From No. 10 to No. 9 in the all-time scoring list.

What went wrong in 2021-22: Anthony’s hot start to the season (16.7 points per game on 50% of the field and 52.2% from 3 in October) gradually (13.3 dpi on 40.6% / 37.4% in November and 11.8 PPG on 40% / 34.1% in December) Where he was relied on to play a bigger role with injuries that affected the rest of the players.

Best fit for this season: Anthony can still help the Lakers but there is a clear focus on having the younger players on the bench. In New York there are two positions open on the list of candidates and maybe more if a Donovan Mitchell Trade takes place. Returning to his former team is the best option for Anthony. – Bobby Marks


Stats: 6.2 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 0.6 APG

What went right in 2021-22: There was a game in late November in Sacramento when the Lakers, who trailed by double digits in the first half, came back to win thanks in no small part to Howard’s effort after the break, finishing the team with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks. and 2 steals. Overall, when called up and given more than just instant minutes, Howard rolled out production numbers for an 18-year-old veteran.

What went wrong in 2021-22: From getting into a stampede during a break with Anthony Davis in Game Two of the season to being disqualified from the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team, he never met Howard’s third assignment with the Lakers. And with Jordan, Davis and James taking the lion’s share of minutes in the center, he never found a consistent role.

Best fit for this season: On paper, the answer is Brooklyn, but the likelihood is that we see it Ben Simmons He played the most minutes in the center. Nets also have Nick Claxton And the Dyron Sharp In the role of backup. Golden State can use Howard but only if James Wiseman suffers from a setback and Andre Iguodala retired. The Clippers need size, but because of the tax implications, they likely won’t hold 15 guaranteed contracts to start the season. – Marx


Stats: 6.4 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.8 APG

What went right in 2021-22: Bradley was snapped by the Golden State Warriors at a training camp and found himself again with the Lakers soon after, given the chance to reunite with the team after choosing not to join them in the ongoing Bubble 2020 tournament. He turned his unsecured deal into a full season contract and made With 45 starts with Los Angeles

What went wrong in 2021-22: Bradley was one of the many Lakers who got into HSE protocols in mid-December and scattered Los Angeles, going from 0 to 5 in that stretch. The Lakers went 5-1 in their first six games after being acquitted – proof of his worth – but his success was partly the result of him being a favorite of Vogel, who stuck with him on nights as he struggled offensively when the others were. Role players were quick to get on the hook.

Best fit for this season: The possibility is that Bradley will have to sign a non-guaranteed contract and earn a spot on the roster during bootcamp. A team like Phoenix Suns can use it in case Cameron Payne Suffering but due to their luxurious tax status, they are unlikely to transfer 15 players to start the season. His former team, the Boston Celtics, has two slots open on the roster but is also a tax team. – Marx


Stats: 3.4 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.9 APG

What went right in 2021-22: Starting the Lakers’ first 13 games of the season, Pazmore distinguished himself in training camp with his two-way instincts, but was knocked out of the course altogether after losing his starting role.

What went wrong in 2021-22: Not only did Bazemore become a target for frustrated Lakers fans — in November, he went 0-for-15 of 3 over 10 games and they let him hear it — he turned down more money from eventual champion Golden State Warriors for doing so.

Best fit for this season: Sacramento Kings, but only as an invitation to a training camp. The days of guaranteed contracts are probably over for Bazemore. – Marx


Stats: 5.3 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 1.9 APG

What went right in 2021-22: Augustin signed with Los Angeles on March 1 after Houston ceded him and had an immediate impact on his shot – going 8 to 17 of 3 in his first four games. He also went 7 for 7 (6 for 6 of 3) on March 21 in Cleveland, helping James win on his old court.

What went wrong in 2021-22: By the time Augustin got to the Lakers, the wheels were already rolling for the team. While he provided a shot from the outside the team was sorely lacking, he was another player who excelled on one side of the field as he struggled in defense. The fact that he was playing for a team that didn’t train at all didn’t help things either.

Best fit this off season: Augustin proved in his short stint with the Lakers that he can still provide scoring off the bench. The team that drafted him, Charlotte, has two open positions on the roster and no one is supporting him lamillo ball. – Marx


Stats: 6.7 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.7 APG

What went right in 2021-22: As advertised, Ellington has fired approximately 40% of downtown. He finished the season on a rebound, scoring 28 points in a combined 10-for-19 shot in his last two games in Los Angeles – both wins – to finish on a high point.

What went wrong in 2021-22: Ellington was brought in to be a groundbreaker providing a defining offensive role, but with Los Angeles relegating toward the bottom of the team’s defensive standings, Vogel was unable to continue playing with him.

Best fit for this season: Ellington’s best hope is that New York, Boston, or Toronto will have a dwindling list because of Donovan Mitchell or Kevin Durant trade. If the All-Stars with their current team are at the start of camp, Ellington will likely start the season outside the NBA. Ellington is still in the league because of his shot, but he is likely to come up with a 10-day contract or when more player rosters open near the February trading deadline. – Marx


Stats: 4.8 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 4.4 PPG

What went right in 2021-22: Nothing in Los Angeles. Once Rondo was traded with Cleveland, he helped a young group co-star in the next Ricky Rubio He came down with an injury at the end of the season.

What went wrong in 2021-22: The Lakers only went 5-13 in Rondo’s appearances before he was traded to the Cleveland. In that short time, his most notable moment was pointing out to a stadium fan who was teasing him while making what appeared to be a gun gesture with his hand. Rondo was involved in this inappropriate domestic dispute with a woman with an emergency protection order issued and later denied.

Best fit for this season: The teams will certainly investigate the alleged incident of domestic violence and a suspension is certainly possible despite the charges being dismissed. It’s hard to see Rondo holding a squad before the regular season, and he is likely to become a contingency point guard should an injury occur during the season. – Marx


Stats: 4.0 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.1 APG

What went right in 2021-22: The first five shots Ariza took in his first two matches in mid-December are all connected. There wasn’t much to write about after that.

What went wrong in 2021-22: Ariza missed the first 30 games of the season after undergoing surgery on his right ankle during training camp. He spent the rest of the season trying to get the game in shape with little time for training to do so. He played in only 24 games and was waived with three days left in the regular season.

Best fit for this season: Miami Heat or Golden State Warriors, but only if Udonis Haslam And the Andre Iguodala Retires. Both teams keep an open roster place for each player. Even if there is interest, Ariza will most likely have to sign a non-guaranteed contract and earn a spot during the bootcamp. – Marx


Stats: 1.3 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 1.3 RPG

What went right in 2021-22: After courting coming out of retirement to join the Lakers two years ago, Collison made it happen last season, signing a 10-day contract after Isaiah Thomas expired.

What went wrong in 2021-22: He only played three games for the Lakers and his most memorable moment came when he suffered a shirt malfunction: the plate on the back of his uniform started peeling off during the match.

Best fit for this season: Collison is in the same position as Rondo, the emergency point guard who was signed mid-season. – Marx


Stats: 8.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.5 APG

What went right in 2021-22: Thomas scored 19 points on his first appearance of the season, a truly joyous moment during the Lakers’ miserable season. His time with the Lakers led to follow-up deals with Dallas and Charlotte last season.

What went wrong in 2021-22: He went on in four games in Los Angeles and the Lakers lost all fours, including a 1-for11 show in a blast defeat to Phoenix.

Best fit for this season: How about his reunion with his former team, the Celtics? Boston has two open areas on the candidate list but is adding Malcolm Brogdon Make Thomas expendable? – Marx