Pre-Draft Roster Status

In his exit interview Center Chris Mihm expressed an intent to exercise his player option, giving the Lakers ten players under contract.

Those ten players are:
Kobe Bryant
Andrew Bynum
Pau Gasol
Derek Fisher
Jordan Farmar
Luke Walton
Lamar Odom
Vladimir Radmanovic
Trevor Ariza (exercised player option to stay with the team)
Chris Mihm (when he exercises his option)

They also have two restricted free agents in Ronny Turiaf and Sasha Vujacic.

When talking to the media last week General Manager Mitch Kupchak took a “they’re ours to lose” approach to the pair.

“Both players are restricted free agents, so we can’t lose either player. Ultimately it will be our choice if a player did not return,” said Kupchak.

Under NBA rules a restricted free agent’s original team has the right to match any offer extended to him during the free agency period. The Lakers will also have to look at luxury cap considerations when deciding who to bring back. The team is projected to be over next season’s luxury tax threshold and would have to pay a dollar-to-dollar penalty for money spent over the limit.

The following players from the 2007-2008 playoff roster are unrestricted free agents:
Ira Newble
DJ Mbenga

The Lakers hold the option with Coby Karl and he is expected to play for the team’s entry in the Las Vegas Summer League.