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Lakers reach deal with Ryan Kelly to return to team

Jul 19, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

Ryan Kelly, Derek Fisher AP

Ryan Kelly, a young potential stretch four that showed a little promise last season in Los Angeles, is returning to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Kelly himself confirmed the deal with Dave McMenamin of

As for details on the deal, those are still a bit scarce but it is apparently a two-year deal, reports Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.

When the Lakers waived Kendall Marshall it was believed to be to clear room for this signing.

Kelly got in 59 games for the Lakers as a rookie but Mike D’Antoni trusted him more and more as the season wore on. Kelly took nearly 40 percent of his shots from three and hit 33 percent of them. He showed some promise for the potential of an all-around game and being a decent rotation player, and the Lakers are willing to take a two-year gamble on that potential.

Just for the record, the Lakers have signed Ryan Kelly before signing a coach.

  1. 00maltliquor - Jul 19, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    I wonder if Ed Davis is saying “FML” right about now.

    • garlandchapko - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      the one making all these signings should be forced to coach the team to see how they do.

  2. 00maltliquor - Jul 19, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    How many roster spots we have left open, 4 right? We could probably use another 3 non-Center PFs to round out the rest of the roster. Make it so Mitch.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      I have to say, I don’t really understand what LA’s vision is for next year.

      Like most people, I thought that they would bide their time this year after failing to land a big fish in free agency. They would play Nash and Kobe because they’re the future Hall of Famers who will draw crowds, but they would also try to play younger players elsewhere to develop them during a year in which they’re very unlikely to make the playoffs. Randle, Kelly, and Ed Davis as their actually pretty promising young power forward rotation. Hill and Sacre as their young center rotation. Lin, Henry, and Young coming off the bench.

      The one thing that doesn’t make sense is claiming Boozer. The only position he can play is power forward. He’s in decline and turning 33 years old this season. Playing him doesn’t really improve their chances of winning games, and it prevents younger players with potential from developing at power forward. Yet they put in a decent sized bid for him at $3.5 million that can’t be used to sign promising players at other positions.

      • drewzducks - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:33 PM

        I’m thinking blurred.

      • jimb25 - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        My Lakers are going for that #1 pick now that Cleveland isn’t gonna be in the lottery anymore!

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        they couldn’t go see an eye doctor because all they’re money is going to some old injured dude

      • musician0785 - Jul 19, 2014 at 3:54 PM

        Every article with this crap….u think they overpaid WE GET IT

  3. milimpilim - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Why does PBT keep mentioning that LA doesn’t have a coach? The job of the coach is not to fill out the roster, it’s to utilize the players on the roster.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      But by the same token, it’s impossible for a GM to design a roster that fits the preferences of the team’s coach if they don’t have the coach.

      If you’re a GM, and you have enough money to either sign a stretch four who is good on offense but shaky on defense OR a traditional power forward who protects the rim and plays good defense but isn’t very good offense, your decision on who to sign should change based on who is the coach.
      If the coach is the defensive minded Tom Thibodeau, you know the floor spacer who can’t play good defense won’t see the floor much.
      If your coach is Mike D’Antoni who LOVES floor spacing bigs, you know the defensive big who can’t shoot won’t see the floor much.

      • mackcarrington - Jul 19, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        Maybe this is why they keep interviewing Byron Scott. Perhaps they are getting his input on what players he would prefer to work with.

    • loubearkane - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      Yeah if it’s a coach that runs a lot of pick and roll and stretch 4 isn’t really suited for that. I’m sure Byron knows the team he is getting though.

  4. redbaronx - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Another sub 30 win season in the works for the Lakers. I feel bad for Laker fans. Dr. Buss must be rolling in his grave on the decisions his son is making. If only someone could remove Jim Buss!

  5. fordmandalay - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Dream Team!

  6. mungman69 - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    I too wondered why the Boozer signing. Maybe the lakers are looking for some experience up front.

    • redskins21lakers24 - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      That’s exactly what it is, he brings experience to the position, someone the younger players can learn from and he can lead with kobe and nash.

  7. sportsfan18 - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    ya know, I actually like this signing by the Lakers…

    shocking to all of you I know.

    but I like Duke players so… it’s a good signing

    • bkbell3 - Jul 20, 2014 at 12:47 AM

      Yes, a great signing , A whopping 33% from the 3 when the league average is 37% and that’s with josh smith jacking up 3’s at a career average of… wait for it… This guy doesn’t do anything except shoot the three badly.smh

  8. redskins21lakers24 - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Lin, Nash
    Kobe, Xavier, Clarkson
    Johnson, Young, Kelly
    Boozer, Randle, Davis
    Hill, Sacre

    I like this athletic line-up, and the bench should be very explosive this year. with some good coaching the Lakers can surprise a lot of people and fool the doubters.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 19, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      Kelly is not a SF. Never has been, never will be.

    • smoothaswilkes - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      If you’re going to root for the Lakers and not just Kobe Bryant, it would help if you knew the line up.


      There you go. The Lakers usually carry 14 players, leaving the 15th spot open for in-season pickups or a trade. Look for them to pick up a defensive minded wing, like Aminu, who they could probably pickup on the cheap. Also, this lineup screams small ball. Too bad D’Antoni quit, he’d actually do a decent job with this group.

      • urodaddy07 - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        You mean “No D” D’Antoni? You mean this team would score a lot of points and still lose 50+ games. What the hell are you smoking?

      • smoothaswilkes - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:50 PM

        @urodaddy07 That’s exactly what I’m saying. Put your crack pipe down, it seems to be affecting your reading comprehension.

        And by the way, I said they’d be utterly terrible in this very same thread.


    • smoothaswilkes - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      One more thing, this lineup isn’t fooling anyone this season. They are going to be terrible. Utterly terrible. Sure they might score a bunch of points but they are going to give up even more.


  9. redskins21lakers24 - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    The Lakers do have a coach, if you don’t know by now its byron scott, they don’t have to sign him until the roster is complete.

  10. jman2020 - Jul 19, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Lakers have no vision for this season which seems to be fine with kobe who salutes da GM for TRYIN to lamd a household name

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 19, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      but Smush Parker TRIED… and where’d that get him?

      • ranfan12 - Jul 19, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        a weeks work of conversation with kobe.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        and that weeks worth of conversation with Kobe went like this.

        Monday – – Don’t
        Tueday – – Talk
        Wednesday – – To
        Thursday – – Me
        Friday – – Until
        Sat – – You’ve
        Sun – – Won

  11. addict2sport - Jul 19, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Bringing back the core of players from the worst team in their history is a great strategy by Jim, Jeannie and Mitch. Go Lakers!

  12. skins26portis - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Lakers fan still believing they are going to contented for a tittle this season. That’s why Lakers fans are a bunch of fools cause they always think they are going to win a title every year. I can’t wait to see Jack and the rest of the bandwagon celebrities in the front row seats at courtside pissed off.

  13. jimsjam33 - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:45 AM

    Ground Hog Day all over again !

  14. omniusprime - Jul 20, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    The Fakers signed more garbage. This season is shaping up to be ugly, glad I’ll be watching reruns of past seasons and championship runs in the playoffs. Glad I’ll be able to listen to the late, great Chick Hearn doing some of the broadcasts. I won’t miss watching this worthless loser team of Fakers. Upper mismanagement only cares about making a big profit, no wonder they’re signing such worthless garbage to fill the overpriced seats. I hope fans stay away and show jerky boy jimmy and clueless cupcake that we won’t put up with them hiring garbage.

    The Lakers are Fakers!

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