Lost in yesterday’s Michael Beasley hoopla, ESPN LA’s Dave McMenamin mentioned a small piece of bad news for the Lakers pertaining to their 2013 second round pick, Ryan Kelly:
“The Lakers drafted Ryan Kelly in the second round primarily for his ability to stretch the floor with his long-range accuracy, but the team has been discouraged by the rookie’s progress during the summer, according to multiple league sources. The Lakers doubt that Kelly, who missed summer league while recovering from multiple foot procedures, will be ready for the start of training camp.”
With this news coming out about Kelly, it makes sense as to why the Lakers went out and signed forward Shawne Williams, another player that can spread the floor in Mike D’Antoni’s offense.
It’s certainly disappointing news about the 6’11 power forward out of Duke. There was a sense of hope that Kelly could play a crucial role off the bench as a stretch four but with concerns about his foot, it’s tough to see him missing his first camp and still being on the roster come opening night. A D-League stint is a realistic possibility to start the season, which could certainly extend to the entire year.
Excluding Kelly from the mix, the Lakers will have two spots open heading into camp if they decide to go with a 15 man roster. Some sources close to the Lakers have indicated they could go with a 14 man roster instead.