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Lakers announce signing of Elias Harris

Aug 14, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT

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We brought you the news that the Lakers would be adding Elias Harris to the roster a couple of weeks back, but the team made the signing of the forward from Gonzaga University official on Wednesday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it’s believed to be a one-year minimum deal for $490,180 that’s partially guaranteed, with a team option for a second season.

Harris looked good for the Lakers during the Las Vegas Summer league, where he averaged 10.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 27 minutes per game, while starting in all five of his appearances.

The Lakers roster now stands at 12 players, with the team expected to expand that number to 13 when it signs Ryan Kelly, who was selected with the 48th overall pick in this year’s draft.

  1. newyorkshets - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Wtf is a Elias Harris?

    • zacksdad - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:09 PM

      He is a product of Jimmie Buss. The same Jimmie Buss that does not allow Jeanie Buss involved in any decisions even though all the other owners respect her business savi.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 14, 2013 at 11:45 PM

        Harris is a potentially solid player. He was projected as a lottery pick a few years ago. Unfortunately he did not necessarily develop as he was projected. That said, he is very athletic, can play inside and out, crashes the boards and has international experience. Considering that he is an undrafted player, and he could end up being a useful player off the bench, it’s a good signing.

      • spursareold - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:41 AM

        Jerry’s worst mistake, tbh.

      • truthsayer13 - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:18 PM

        No, his worst mistake was bringing that lame no-talent Jordan Farmar (Mr. Turnover) back – what the hell are they thinking?

    • ifallforthatcrapeverytime - Aug 14, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      well, elias harris is obviously the next to the last piece of the championship puzzle. if the great and powerful KOBE says hes going to win a sixth ring, THEN HE IS GOING TO WIN A SIXTH RING!! WHO ARE YOU TO DOUBT HIS WORD? pathetic loser!! i believe in the lakers no matter what. i dont believe for a second that buss jr. is trying to cut payroll so he will have more money for himself. he is obviously doing it to win a championship!! he has a master plan and all of you need to SHUT YOUR MOUTHS and just have faith. oh yeah, and go ahead and buy tickets, but NOT FROM STUBHUB, because buss jr. doesnt get any profit from those., thats where you get your tickets. KOBE IS GOD!!!

  2. money2long - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    can’t wait to see which one of la’s new additions has an impact this season. love new toys

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 15, 2013 at 12:57 AM

      I like the two young guys in Young and Johnson. Nick can go off sometimes and Wes was a former high draft pick that just needs the chance to prove himself.

      I like having both ’cause you got Johnson to sub in when Young goes haywire and Young to sub in when Johnson underwhelms. Should be fun.

      • adamsjohn714 - Aug 15, 2013 at 1:41 AM

        @malt…… Those guys are going to be awful. Nick Young can go off at times, and the other 85% of the time he stinks. That’s why his averages are all lousy. Wesley Johnson needs to prove that he can shoot, rebound, pass, block shots, get steals, and get to the free throw line. Merely going out there and turning it over slightly less often than the average SF and not committing many fouls isn’t going to help the Lakers win much. 4500 minutes of evidence suggest that he will be hard pressed to do any of those things.

  3. soflasfinest - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    He looks like JaVele McGee’s twin sister.

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:38 PM

      he does kinda look like McGee. Lakers fans better hope he plays that well.

  4. 00maltliquor - Aug 15, 2013 at 12:52 AM


  5. lucifershuttlesworth - Aug 15, 2013 at 4:55 AM

    Jim Buss thinks he just signed Tobias Harris.

  6. imakcds - Aug 15, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Laker Fans need to support the team and quit crying. Dwight was Plan A, now it’s Plan B. Obviously this is a stop gap season, the Playoffs would be a success. Kupchak is putting together the pieces, and if Kobe can produce, they should be fun to watch. I can’t stand the Black Hole, Nick Young, but in this situation, he fits.
    as Laker Fans, we need to lower our championship expectations for the coming year, and just enjoy the basketball.
    In fact, if you can’t do that, you can always jump off the bandwagon, you’d feel comfortable with all those new Clipper fans.

  7. truthsayer13 - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Whoever had the idiotic idea of bring Jordan Farmar back should be fired! JF is the worst player to ever wear the uniform – every time he had the ball he either missed a shot or turned it over! The Lakers with Farmar playing will be like watching a slow car wreck! Great job guys!

  8. bp42810 - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    The Lakers sure like their Gonzaga bigs. Sacre, Harris, who’s next

  9. runthepicketfence - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    As a biased Gonzaga alum I’m really pulling for this kid to accomplish something at the next level. You guys should have watched him as a freshman – Elias was a monster. This last year he really fell flat and his draft status went down the toilet as a result.

    I hate the Lakers, but I’m totally pulling for him to get some quality minutes and contribute.

  10. lakerade - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Another intriguing if not promising piece to a team of players w expiring deals. Anyone who doesnt think guys are going to ball out this year is just a hater (which is just fine, do your thing). Regardless of team results, guys are going to go hard as they audition for their next contract, top to bottom. Im not delusional as there are some strong teams, especially in the West, but at least the Lakers will be giving their all, which is more than can be said for last season w d12 having zero incentive to commit on the court.

  11. jimsjam33 - Aug 21, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Jim Buss it’s all about money . This guy is a nobody that will pickup pine splinters on the bench . Sorry Chick , ” No harm no foul . “

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