Thursday, July 31, 2008

There's A Tractor Rolling Through LA

If you hear a loud "boom" or feel the earth rattle sometime today near LAX, don't worry. It's likely not an another earthquake, but rather Robert "Tractor" Traylor working out for the Lakers at their practice facility in El Segundo.

I know the Lakers are a little short of personnel right now with only 12 guys signed for next season, but is the talent pool of players so shallow that a guy who hasn't played in the league in 3 years really be a viable option?

But who knows, maybe Traylor has re-committed himself to his game and steps on the Lakers practice floor in the best shape of his life. That alone would be a victory within itself.

Here's more on the story from the Orange County Register:

The Lakers confirmed Wednesday that former NBA player Robert “Tractor” Traylor has been invited to their El Segundo practice facility for a private workout to be conducted Thursday.

The 31-year old Traylor has not played in the NBA since the 2004-2005 season, when he averaged 5.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 74 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Traylor will be put through an assortment of drills by the Lakers’ coaching staff that likely will include Bill Bertka, who has been at the practice facility this week.

If the workout goes well, Traylor likely would be signed to a non-guaranteed contract and invited to training camp.

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