Rookie swingman Brandon Ingram, the 2016 No. 2 overall draft pick, and second-year guard D’Angelo Russell, the No. 2 overall pick last summer, highlight the Los Angeles Lakers’ 2016 NBA Summer League roster, which the team announced Friday.
The Lakers will play at least five games in the Las Vegas Summer League tournament from July 8-18, with their first games falling on July 8 against the New Orleans Pelicans and then July 9 against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Other notable players on the Lakers’ summer league roster include Croatian center Ivica Zubac, who was taken with the 32ndoverall pick this summer; forward Larry Nance Jr., a first-round draft pick last year; and swingman Anthony Brown, a second-round draft pick last year.
The Lakers are scheduled to open summer league practice July 5 at their training facility in El Segundo, Calif. Jesse Mermuys, whom the Lakers announced Friday will join rookie head coach Luke Walton’s staff as an assistant for the 2016-17 regular season, will coach the Lakers' summer league squad.
Mermuys joins the Lakers after being a head coach for the Toronto Raptors’ NBA D-League affiliate, the Raptors 905. He was also a assistant coach under Raptors head coach Dwane Casey for two seasons. Like Walton, Mermuys attended the University of Arizona.
Mark Madsen will be an assistant coach for the Lakers’ summer league team and will retain that role -- one that he held for the last two seasons under ex-Lakers head coach Byron Scott -- in the upcoming regular season, the Lakers announced.
Brian Shaw was also officially announced as an assistant on Walton’s staff. Shaw won three titles as a Laker from 2000-02 and then two more as an assistant coach in 2009 and 2010. He also served as a head coach of the Denver Nuggets for two seasons.