Lakers Rumors: Andrew Goudelock Will Earn Permanent Roster Spot in L.A.

Andrew Goudelock is about to become the newest member of the Los Angeles Lakers, taking a roster spot that only opened up due to Kobe Bryant’s devastating Achilles injury suffered on Friday night.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported Goudelock could be in the lineup as early as Sunday night against the San Antonio Spurs.

Don’t be surprised if the D-League standout capitalizes on this major opportunity and winds up becoming a fixture in the lineup for the remainder of this season, the playoffs and well beyond the 2013-13 campaign.

With the Black Mamba sidelined for six to nine months, the depth at the shooting guard position in L.A. looks extremely thin. Bryant was averaging 38.6 minutes per game this year, an absurd amount for a 33-year-old who has spent 17 years in the NBA.

Even more ridiculous, Bryant had been playing 45.2 minutes a night during a seven-game stretch that began on March 30 against the Kings and ended when his Achilles finally gave out on April 12.

Before the Goudelock signing, Jodie Meeks was the only healthy, serviceable off guard remaining, as Darius Morris spent most of his time in the D-League until being called up this past Thursday.

Starting PG Steve Nash is currently day-to-day dealing with a hip injury, making the backcourt in desperate need of a versatile talent who can seamlessly man both guard spots and soak up the extra minutes coach Mike D’Antoni now has to distribute.

It wouldn’t be shocking to see Goudelock earn a decent chunk of minutes right off the bat, as L.A. needs to see how its second-round pick in the 2011 draft has improved since he last played for the organization.

In 52 games with the Sioux Falls Skyforce and Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the 23-year-old averaged 21.1 points, 5.2 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 37.1 minutes.

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