By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: October 24th, 2014 at 1:29 am EST
At the moment, the Los Angeles Lakers have not announced any plans to add an additional player with Steve Nash being out for the 2014-15 season. The 40-year-old Nash is reportedly dealing with back problems, which will likely cause the end of his career.
Daniel Gibson and Jamaal Tinsley are both free agents, and could be garner the interest of the Lakers now that they will likely need a back-up to starter Jeremy Lin. Early speculation is that Ronnie Price and rookie Jordan Clarkson are expected to fill the role.
But that doesn’t mean the team won’t look to add another player, and then either keep or release Price and Clarkson. Both Gibson and Tinsley are veterans in the NBA, while Gibson last played in the league since the 2012-13 season and Tinsley played in 8 games last season.
Gibson, who is 28-years-old, played with the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2006 through 2013. In 397 NBA games, he averaged 7.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.2 blocks, and 0.6 assists in his 7-year career.
“I definitely have to prove myself over again,” Gibson said in April 2014. “These teams want to know why. Teams were contacting me at the deadline to see if I wanted to comeback for a 10-day contract. I was really hiding out. Nobody really knew what was going on with me. So I know I got to come back and prove myself. I know it will be difficult, but with the mind frame that I’m in, I know I can accomplish whatever it is I want to do.”
In addition, if Gibson does sign with the Lakers, it would be a reunion, as new Lakers head coach Byron Scott was his head coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers for several years.
At 36-years-old, Tinsley will have to prove that he still has enough left in the tank to play in the association. During his short-lived tenure last season with the Utah Jazz, Tinsley made 5 starts in the 8 games, averaging 1.1 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 2.9 assists in 13.8 minutes per game.
This was the first time in his career that he played in fewer than 37 games in a season. He has played in 547 games overall, including 404 starts, and has 8.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 6.1 assists, and 1.4 steals in his career.
He is familiar with the Lakers’ D-League affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders, where he was the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA D-League Draft. He only played in 8 games with the D-Fenders, where he averaged 9.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 7.6 assists per game, before signing with the Jazz.