Player Capsule: Vladimir Radmanovic

Contract Status: under contract

After a disappointing first season with the Lakers, including an ill-advised snowboarding injury, Radmanovic finally showed glimpses of why the Lakers signed him to a five-year deal prior to the 2006-2007 season. Vladimir averaged over eight points per game to go along with four rebounds, while shooting an impressive 41% from behind the three point line. As the team’s starter at small forward, the 6’10” Radmanovic provided much-needed spacing in the first half of the season with the Lakers’ new inside-out game courtesy of Bynum. While Vladi’s consistency wavered a bit in the final months of the season and especially during the playoffs, his sophomore campaign was dramatically better than his first with the team.

With Bynum returning next season, shifting Gasol to power forward and Odom to small forward, Radmanovic’s days as a starter for the Lakes are over, at least for the time being. However, that might prove to not be such a bad thing for the forward as he has struggled to meet the expectations of fans and coaches in his first two seasons in L.A. While there isn’t much concern over his outside shooting, Vladi needs to improve on the defensive end if he hopes to see anywhere near the minutes he saw as this season’s primary starter at the three spot.