Andrew Goudelock's agent optimistic Lakers will sign him
After spending most of his summer working out, finishing his degree and offering training sessions at his alma mater, Lakers rookie guard Andrew Goudelock will soon enter the next phase of his life.
He plans to finish his final exams at College of Charleston on Dec. 7th, arrive in Los Angeles on the 8th and then begin training camp on the 9th. Where Goudelock stands with the team once he enters the Lakers' practice facility remains unclear, considering he's an unsigned rookie.
Talks haven't formally taken place yet since the NBA ended its lockout. But Goudelock's agent, Austin Walton, remains optimistic that his client will land a roster spot.
"If everything stays intact with their roster," Walton said," I feel pretty good where he is in making the team based on the conversations we have had when he was drafted."
It remains unclear how the Lakers' roster will look now up through their season opener Christmas Day against the Chicago Bulls. The Lakers have plenty of unsigned players, including Shannon Brown, Devin Ebanks, Derrick Caracter, Joe Smith and Theo Ratliff. They can exercise the so-called amnesty clause by shedding ties with Metta World Peace (three years, $21.5 million) or Luke Walton (two years, $11.46 million). Free agency beginning on Dec. 9 will also contribute to the frantic environment leading to opening day.
Still, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak told The Times' Mike Bresnahan that both rookies Darius Morris and Goudelock "probably deserve a chance to be looked at, and [they] have promise."
— Mark Medina
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