L.A. Times: All indications are that the Lakers will open the season with 15 players, the maximum allowed by the NBA.
Early in training camp, the Lakers considered carrying 13 players, which would have given the team flexibility to pick up another player or two during the regular season.
But now it appears, based on their play in training camp, that backup center DJ Mbenga has earned a roster spot and that rookie guard Joe Crawford will get the nod over Coby Karl, who made the team last season as an undrafted rookie free agent.
Guards Brandon Heath and forward C. J. Giles also are pushing for a spot that may be hard to come by.
The Lakers already have 13 players under contract who are assured of making the team.
Crawford was drafted out of Kentucky in the second round by the Lakers with the 58th pick in the NBA draft. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard has to make the team for his contract to be guaranteed.
“It’s definitely more pressure coming in not guaranteed,” Crawford said. “You don’t know what these guys [the Lakers’ coaching staff] are thinking every day. You just have to stay confident. You’re going to have some bad days, but you have to be strong and pull through it.”