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Lakers announce signing of second round draft pick Ryan Kelly

Sep 20, 2013, 8:32 PM EDT

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The Lakers signed Ryan Kelly, the team announced on Friday via official release.

Kelly was selected with the 48th overall pick in the second round of this summer’s draft, with the hope that the 6’11” forward out of Duke would be able to fill the ever-elusive stretch-four role that seems to thrive in the offensive system favored by Mike D’Antoni.

Kelly shot 42.2 percent from three-point distance in his senior season.

It’s late in the game for a team to be signing its draft picks, but with Kelly, there have been extenuating circumstances.

Kelly underwent multiple procedures this summer to deal with foot issues, and has been slow to recover. It kept him off of the team’s Summer League roster, where guys like Marcus Landry and Elias Harris were able to shine. And he’s still not expected to be ready by the time training camp opens on September 28.

The Lakers drafted Kelly for a reason, however, which explains his eventual signing. The team has apparently decided to wait for him to be healthy enough to show whether or not he can do what they envisioned, and considering his contract is for just one year and is non-guaranteed, he has some incentive to get back on the court and prove his worth as soon as possible.

  1. Michael Smith - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Reblogged this on Eastern Carolina Style and commented:
    So much for the reports that he might not make the team…

    • Kurt Helin - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      He still might not.

  2. jimsjam33 - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Dang it ,

    I guess this signing will put the Lakers over the top this season . I certainly didn’t see it coming . but the signing of ” whatshisname ” should make Laker fans pretty confident their team is going to challenge for a piece of the pie this year . With new players like Marcus Landry and Elias Harris who wouldn’t be excited ? Add to the mix veterans like Chris Kaman and Nick Young and you got a fivesome for a tee time . What a minute what about Wesley Johnson ? Has he finally reached his predicted potential after being a bust for two seasons . The Lakers think so .
    Now add to the mix hamstrung Byrant , Rip Van Gasol , Father Time Nash , the guy with braids that get in his eyes , and some other no name players make me want to sign up right now for season tickets . See you at the Staples Center Jack .

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