KEY POINTS

  • James Ennis could fill in one open roster spot of the Lakers
  • Ennis needs to choose between playing time or being an NBA champion
  • Ennis is coveted by multiple teams like the Trail Blazers, Bulls and Magic

The Los Angeles Lakers have two open roster spots, and the franchise is prowling the free-agent market for other possible candidates.

One name that has cropped up is James Ennis. The 31-year-old suited up for the Orland Magic last season and showed he could be a handy rotation player.

Ennis averaged 8.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 24 minutes of action in the 41 games he played for Orlando per Spotrac.

According to Michael Scotto of Hoops Hype, multiple teams have shown interest in the 6-foot-6 swingman.

Aside from the Lakers, the list includes the Portland Trail Blazers, Chicago Bulls and Magic.

Ennis has been an NBA journeyman since being drafted 50th overall in 2013. Among the teams he played for in the past include the Miami Heat, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers.

But of all the teams, his two-season stint with the Magic is what appears to be the most memorable one.

In 61 games in two seasons, Ennis holds averages of 8.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 24.2 minutes of action.

Considering the Lakers have a stacked (but aging) roster, Ennis could be a worthy addition. He is coming off a $3.3 million deal with the Magic, so it will be interesting if he agrees to a deal lower than that.

But if possibly winning an NBA title is something that wets his interest, the California native could give it a shot.

A one-year deal would not hurt although he needs to lower his expectations.

James Ennis III #11 of the Orlando Magic
James Ennis III #11 of the Orlando Magic Getty Images | Katelyn Mulcahy

At his position, he is likely to play behind the likes of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. It could be a viable option for him if no other team pitches an acceptable offer.

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