Remember that rookie the Los Angeles Lakers used to have? The rookie who came out of relative obscurity from College of Charleston? The rookie who could just flat out score despite being unknown and undersized? If you gave up on the Lakers season during the first round series of the NBA playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs, it might have escaped your attention that the Lakers re-signed that rookie, Andrew Goudelock.
The Lakers cut Andrew Goudelock near the end of training camp this past season, despite promising minutes and production from the rookie. There was just no room for him. But that didn’t effect his play though. Goudelock went to the Sioux Falls Skyforce before being traded to the Grand Valley Vipers, and was named the NBA D League Most Valuable Player. The scorer averaged 21.4 points, 5.8 assists, and 4.1 rebounds in almost 38 minutes per game.
Around the time he was named the MVP, is when the Lakers MVP went down, and Mitch Kupchak made the move to make the former Laker a current Laker with two games remaining in the regular season.
If the Lakers want to bring Andrew Goudelock back they need to make him a qualifying offer of $1.08 million in order to make him a restricted free agent. Then if another team wants to sign Goudelock to an offer sheet of at least two seasons the Lakers would have the right of first refusal to match the offer within 3 days. But should the Lakers re-sign Goudelock?
I think the answer is yes. He is a flat out scorer. He is a terrific outside shooter He shot 40% from behind the arc, and 49% from the field in 37 games for Grand Valley. He has that ability to create his own shot, and score an array of runners like a much poorer Mike Conley Jr. or Tony Parker. But he didn’t just succeed in the D League, he scored 20 points agains the Spurs in the playoffs. His defense is questionable, so he would fit in perfect in Los Angeles going forward.
If the NBA D League’s MVP is not a worth signing, then that whole league is a sham. It’s less of a sham to it’s fans than it is to the players in it, viewing it like it is an entryway to the NBA. Goudelock earned another shot. The Lakers should make him a qualifying offer. If he gets an offer sheet from another team, which I think he deserves, then the number crunching by the GM’s office will be the biggest factor in the jersey he wears next season.