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Frank Vogel explains how Lakers will use final two-way spot

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With the preseason officially underway, the Los Angeles Lakers have multiple positional and roster battles in progress.

Players like Malik Monk, Wayne Ellington, Kent Bazemore and others are competing for the starting shooting guard spot.

Everyone not named LeBron James, Russell Westbrook or Anthony Davis are vying for the most minutes possible, whether they’re starting or coming off the bench.

But another competition happening is for the final two-way spot. After the Lakers promoted Austin Reaves to the 14th guaranteed roster spot, a new slot opened up.

Undrafted rookie Joel Ayayi is the other player. Head coach Frank Vogel explained who the Lakers are targeting and if someone already on the roster has a good chance.

“Yeah, and potentially someone that’s not with us right now,” Vogel said. “We’re going to see how the preseason plays out, see who all is available, both guys that are here or around the league, guys that might get cut, and we’ll make a decision closer to opening night.”

Chaundee Brown, Mac McClung, Cam Oliver and Trevelin Queen are the four prospects currently on Exhibit-10 training camp deals, so it’s possible one of those four make the cut.

Brown and McClung were immediate grabs after the 2021 NBA draft concluded, but it’ll be interesting to see who L.A. has eyes on outside of their current group.