The NBA’s annual Summer Leagues are underway and it looks like the Los Angeles Lakers have assembled a roster to rival anyone.
The Lakers played the Bay Area’s annual California Classic last week, dominating both the Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors before losing to the Sacramento Kings in a close championship game.
The LA roster is a mix of rookies and veterans, as it includes 2022 second-round pick Max Christie, 2022 two-way undrafted players Cole Swider and Scotty Pippen Jr., and former South Bay Lakers players Mac McClung, Jay Huff, Mason Jones and Paris Bass.
Up to this point, the Lakers have prioritized getting minutes for the youngsters, with Christie, Swider and Pippen starting all three games while McClung, Jones and others come off the bench.
Given the direction of the franchise, it makes sense to give the guys as much game time as possible, which they can see as part of the organization in the future.
Maybe that was wrong with McClung though, as he left the Lakers’ Summer League team to join the Warriors, per Warrior Reddit:
With Ryan Rollins sidelined for the Summer League, it looks like the Warriors have bolstered their depth of coverage by bringing Mac McClung out of the Lakers roster.
McClung had a great year in the G League with 21.6ppg, 7.5apg, 6.9rpg on .473/.374/.880 and earned Rookie of the Year. pic.twitter.com/XQcoHBgD3m
— r/Warrior 🏆 (@GSWReddit) July 6, 2022
McClung came off the bench for the Lakers in their first two contests, averaging 13.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 17.2 minutes per game.
He was on the bench during the Lakers’ third game against Sacramento, although he didn’t play, perhaps with that move to the Warriors already in the works.
With McClung gone, Pippen has a chance to continue being the team’s lead guard when the Summer League moves to Las Vegas. Other players like Jones, Vitto Brown and Javante McCoy could also have more playing time.
Huff enters into health and safety protocols
Aside from McClung not facing the Kings, the Lakers also didn’t have another key member of their roster in Huff, who was a two-way beast in the first two games of the California Classic.
Huff was ruled out after being placed under health and safety protocols, which could jeopardize his status for Friday night’s Las Vegas opener.
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