The Lakers will begin training camp in just over a month and start the season on Oct. 28 against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Recently part-owner and executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss told The Times he is optimistic about the season, with hopes the Lakers can develop a core of eight young players to build around.
Earlier in August, the Lakers guaranteed the contract for Jordan Clarkson’s second season and signed forward Jonathan Holmes and guard Michael Frazier to partially-guaranteed contracts. The team also agreed to sign Euroleague veteran guard Marcelo Huertas.
The Lakers have had casual conversations with forward Metta World Peace about making a return to the team.
Russell’s peers gave him a 9.7% chance of winning rookie of the year, but voted the Ohio State guard as top playmaker in his class.
The Lakers promoted front-office executive Ryan West to director of player personnel.