Lakers News: Complete Roster Projections with Cuts Looming

The Los Angeles Lakers have a retooled roster that will need to be whittled down to 15 players before the 2015-16 NBA season tips off. Head coach Byron Scott said Monday the team would likely begin trimming the squad following Tuesday's preseason game against the Sacramento Kings.

"I would think we probably start cutting down then," said Scott, per Ryan Ward of

Only 13 players can dress for games, so that will factor in to how Scott shapes the final look of the team. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak made some savvy moves to shore up numerous areas of need in the offseason, so L.A. may be forced to demote or cut ties with several developing youngsters.

The frontcourt now features veteran free-agent acquisition Brandon Bass and former All-Star center Roy Hibbert, who arrived in a trade from Indiana. Last year's lottery pick, Julius Randle, returns from an injury that caused him to miss all but part of one game as a rookie.

Suddenly it's pretty crowded up front, but that trio figures to be a lock to make the final 15. The Lakers may well send late first-round draft choice Larry Nance Jr. to the D-League, opting to keep stretch 4 Ryan Kelly and lock down a defensive presence with upside in Robert Upshaw.

Nance and Kelly have intriguing skill sets, but L.A. has plenty of firepower on the perimeter and figures to space the floor just fine without one of them. Kelly is the roster incumbent and gets the edge there. As for Upshaw, Robert Sacre hasn't proved enough to justify keeping over a 21-year-old 7-footer who insists he has put a troubled past behind him.

No. 2 overall draft pick D'Angelo Russell will man the point as Jordan Clarkson transitions to the 2-guard spot, leaving Lakers legend Kobe Bryant to play the 3.

Reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams figures to play a similar role with his new squad after a career year with the Raptors in Tor...

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