With the Los Angeles Lakers trading for Russell Westbrook, there are very few returning players on the current roster. The team lost one young player on a two-way contract last season when Kostas Antetokounmpo decided to sign in the EuroLeague. Luckily, the Lakers will be keeping one of their young big men from last season.
According to Harrison Faigen of Silver Screen & Roll, power forward Devontae Cacok will be returning to Los Angeles to play for their summer league team in Las Vegas. It’s a bit of a step down from the two-way contract he received last season but that could certainly be on the table if he plays well in the summer league.
Cacock has played in 21 total games for the Lakers over the last two seasons. He’s averaged 2.1 points a game with 1.8 rebounds. There are going to be a lot of moving parts this offseason and it’s unclear where the young power forward could fit on the roster. Having a big summer would help his chances to get another two-way contract.
Prior to the Lakers pulling off the Westbrook trade, it appeared that the team was going to trade for Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield. In fact, a deal was on the table before Los Angeles went a different direction. Apparently, the players involved in the trade also thought they were going elsewhere, according to Jason Jones of The Athletic: