The LA Lakers are surrounded by trade rumors despite the lack of assets in their war chest. They have zero picks in the upcoming NBA draft, and most of their players are not attractive in the open market.
While the front office tries to improve the roster, new coach Darvin Ham is stacking his bench. He signed former champion and four-time All-Star Rasheed Wallace to his coaching staff and has now added a few more assistants.
The LA Lakers are also working out with several college players, hoping to sign a promising undrafted prospect, similar to Austin Reaves in 2021.
Let's take a look at some of the stories around the Purple and Gold in the last 24 hours.
Coach Darvin Ham adds Milwaukee Bucks assistant Schuyler Rimmer to his coaching staff
Rimmer was an important piece on Mike Budenholzer's bench in Milwaukee as he used his size and athleticism to train Giannis Antetokounmpo. His official title was assistant video coordinator and player development coach, and he was highly valuable to Milwakee. As reported by Matt Valezquez of the Journal-Sentinel, Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer spoke about Rimmer:
"That’s the holy grail, and that’s Schuyler. He’s a super-smart kid. We’ve started looking for that now. Is there another Schuyler out there? Can we find guys with some athleticism, some size?"
LA Lakers hire Jordan Ott as the final front-of-bench assistant
Jordan Ott joined the Brooklyn Nets in 2016, making him the longest-tenured assistant in franchise history. He served as Steve Nash’s offensive coordinator last season. According to the New York Post's Brian Lewis, he "wore several different hats" on Nash’s staff and was integral to the team's offense.
As reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers have hired Ott to be one of their top assistant coaches. Teams are only allowed to have three assistant coaches at the front of the bench along with the head coach and athletic trainer. With the hiring of Ott, the Lakers' front row is now full along with Phil Handy and Chris Jent.
Shaquille O'Neal's son, Shareef O'Neal, said he was "starstruck" after working out for the Purple and Gold
After undergoing heart surgery this past year, Shaquille O'Neal's son, Shareef O'Neal, is now healthy enough to try out for NBA teams. He has declared for the draft but isn't expected to get picked in the two rounds. The Lakers don't have any draft picks to begin with, so there is a strong chance Shareef signs with his father's former team as an undrafted free agent.
Shareef recently worked out for the Lakers and was "starstruck" even before entering the gym. He grew up watching his father win rings with the franchise and has cheered for him during championship parades. During the draft workout news conference, Shareef O'Neal said:
"I walked in today, and I was kind of starstruck. Like, I was really born into this team. My dad and Kobe won championships when I was born, and now it’s me putting on the Lakers gear. It was crazy. I was speechless, kind of. It’s such a blessing for a team I grew up watching.
"My dad won championships with this team, and now that I have on Lakers stuff, it’s amazing. It’s a dream come true."
Q. Will the LA Lakers sign Shareef O'Neal?