Rob Pelinka
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There are still two roster spots open on the Los Angeles Lakers. As the 2021-2022 approaches, the team is making plans for completing the roster. While the 14th roster spot is likely to be filled in the near future, the last, 15th, spot will take some time to be filled, according to Lakers GM Rob Pelinka.

“We do have two open roster spots, 14 and 15,” Pelinka said on Thursday, per Christian Rivas of Silver Screen and Roll. “Most likely 15 will be held (open), just with the tax implications and also holding that potentially for the buyout deadline. That’s usually a tool that a lot of contenders use. So I think there’s a likelihood there.”

Pelinka also revealed that the Lakers are making final evaluations on the 14th roster spot and a decision will be made ahead or on Tuesday when the training camp begins.

“We’re never absolute, we’re always fluid and anything could be presented,” he said. “And we are in kind of our final evaluations on what to do with the 14th spot. That’s something that we will make the decision on and around before camp starts on Tuesday. So we’re still kind of evaluating that as we speak.”