A young 7-footer that could potentially come off the bench. Adds a lot more depth.

ESPN: Russell Hicks — a big man with D-League experience — just signed a contract to join the Lakers in training camp. He will play for pocket money, team gear, and his NBA life. And he is thrilled. His agent, Sam Porter, explains: How did the Lakers come to sign Russell for veteran’s camp? The Lakers called to bring him for a workout before vet camp. He went in there and impressed them to some degree. He is a talented, athletic seven-footer who bounced around his first year out of college.

  • keepon_keepinon18

    If you have same reaction as me ~ “who?”, then here is some more info:

    http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Russell-Hicks-468/
    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/player/profile?playerId=22273

    * he should be closer to 260lbs
    * he is supposed to one of the better undrafted players in 2009 draft

    Still would like to know more about him though…

  • Robert.

    Is he officially on the roster? (His name doesn’t show up on hoopshype). If so, that’s 15.
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    Also, does anyone know Caracter’s status? Did he make the weight limit for playing? Is that a ‘year long’ contract stipulation?

  • http://thelakersnation.com Kam Pashai

    Zero chance he makes the team.

  • kobe4ever

    this guy blows.

  • 242LakerFan

    He’s “Crewman #3″ on Star Trek.

    • Robert.

      HAHAHA! “Doesn’t Yeoman Johnson know that if he beams down with Kirk, Spock, & McCoy, he’s going to being the only one killed?”

  • kevin

    man, if we need a big man then why dont we try to go after eric dampier, so we can prevent miami or houston from getting him and just dump the wasted bench warmer luke walton

    • Phone

      Eric Dampier is a Walking Personal Foul.

  • http://www.jackyang.info Jack Y. Web Designs

    I’m pretty sure he is signed for the purpose of training camp and training camp only.
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    Kevin: Dampier is too expensive.

    • Robert.

      Agree: If Dampier wants $$: Rockets; If he wants to be on a Championship potential team: Miami, or Lakers, and chances are Miami before Lakers, but with significant pay cut.
      .
      Unfortunately, that would mean that Miami gets their ‘center’ that could easily cement the Miami team.

  • Robert.

    Another point I want to get clear about the incentives for Hicks to be playing. Aside from the fact that he gets to play alongside the World Champion Lakers (which is exciting enough), what was the payoff, again?
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    I think he gets a per diem (what, a few bucks a day to get something to eat?), he gets to sleep in the back of the Laker bus, and gets to, um, keep some “Laker gear”???
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    The last one is pretty humiliating, at least to advertise. So, if he’s milling about the locker room, and Luke happens to be there — “Hey Luke, can I have your shirt?” or Sasha, “You got an extra Laker’s hair band?”. That’s horrible.
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    Does he get to hand the Lakers their cup of Gatorade during a game? This is the definition of a scrub. I’d call my attorneys. (Contract says: “hazing of training camp employees is allowed, in exchange for the privilege of scrimmaging with Shannon Brown”)

  • lakers0828

    Big deal he is just there for practicing I doubt he will make the laker roster

  • 242LakerFan

    Stranger things have happened. But in the meantime; “Ruuudy! Ruuudy! Ruuudy! Ruuudy! Ruuudy! “

  • MECKA

    Hell ya….Free chips and queso from Chilli’s….Thanks TLN

  • TheFiasco

    I’m the greatest on this site. Recognize me scrubs

    • http://twitter.com/AceFreshh Freshh

      Freshh>TheFiasco
      FACT!

      • INFRESHH

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  • Str8 Ballin

    Is Javaris crittt will be at the Training Camp???

    • http://www.twitter.com/TLN24 Marwan Marzina

      There has been no official word yet, but so far, his name hasn’t come up and probably won’t come up in the same sentence as the Lakers.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TLN24 Marwan Marzina

    There is a reason this guy bounced around in his first year out of college. D-League experience is not something we would want on a championship team aiming for a 3peat.

    • Betto

      I say sign him, we need another big man, he could learn from Pau. He at least would be more useful than Luke Walton, who I think they should trade or release so they can grab this guy. xD

  • KUSH

    People who go broke in a big way never miss any meals. It is the poor jerk who is shy a half slug who must tighten his belt..