The Los Angeles Lakers add another forward to their roster by signing Travis Wear.
Wear was a member of the Defenders (now South Bay Lakers) last season averaging 12.7 points and 7.3 rebounds. He then played with L.A. during Summer League in Las Vegas where he averaged 7.9 points and 3.9 rebounds.
Signing the 6-foot-10 forward puts L.A.’s training camp roster at 19, which they’ll have to get down to 15 for the start of the season.
Wear’s addition to the team makes an already stacked forward position even more crowded. Adding him this late brings up speculation of potential trades that may be coming down the line for L.A.
The rise of Kyle Kuzma makes letting go of Randle an easy pill to swallow especially considering the type of salary Randle will request this offseason with this being a contract year for him.
What Wear means for L.A. is future depth at forward if they’re are able to trade Deng along with Randle. Wear is a player that can spread the floor and knock down threes with regularity so it’s clear why they want him as an option.
The preseason is over and the regular season starts for the Lakers October 19. The plan for Wear’s involvement will become more clear once the season officially gets going.