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Lakers sign Elias Harris to a two-year contract

Jul 27, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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The Lakers had Elias Harris on their Summer League roster, an undrafted rookie out of Gonzaga who showed flashes of potential on both ends of the floor.

Needing to round out the roster with some minimum salary players, the team decided that what Harris brings to the table was enough to earn him a partially guaranteed deal that could last up to two seasons.

From Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times:

Harris received a yet-to-be-disclosed, partial guarantee on his salary of $490,180 in his first season with the team. His second year, at $816,482, is not believed to be guaranteed.

Once the Lakers sign rookie Ryan Kelly (48th pick in the draft), the roster will be 13 deep. The team will probably carry more than the maximum of 15 into training camp.

The second year is likely a team option, and one that Harris will have the opportunity to earn given the team’s need to fill those slots at the end of the roster with young and inexpensive talent.

In five Summer League appearances, Harris averaged 10.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

Also, he did this once in college.

  1. dezglobal - Jul 27, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    I love undrafed guys that get deals in the league.. I always think about Ben Wallace on the Pistons.. Undrafted and went on to win countless defensive man of the year awards along w an NBA ring.

  2. BigBeachBall - Jul 27, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Another home run from Mitch kupcheck…

  3. pauliewalnuts90 - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    If Harris had left his Freshaman/sophomore year he was a projected 1st rounder…

  4. 00maltliquor - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    That’s 6”8, 240 lbs., 24 y/o combo-forward Elias Harris for those of you curious, since the author neglected to put out that kind of information that we’d all like to know.

  5. urodaddy07 - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Sounds like a decent fit at the 3. If you are rebuilding. But then I’m told the Lakers don’t rebuild, right?

    • dyn0myte - Jul 27, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      It’s a muddle of rebuilding and reloading.

      You could call it “rebloading”

      • blackhawks2013 - Jul 27, 2013 at 9:14 PM

        Love rebloading!!

      • loungefly74 - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:14 AM

        zinga!

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:20 AM

        Awesome!! You need to patent that phrase! I hope you don’t mind if I use that term from time to time when the situation calls for it.

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