Lakers Reportedly Sign Cole Swider to a Two-way Contract and Begin to Assemble Their Summer League Team!
The 2022 NBA Draft is over, and after acquiring an early second-round pick earlier in the day from the Orlando Magic, the Los Angeles Lakers used that pick to select Michigan State’s Max Christie.
After that, the Lakers — along with all of the other teams in the Association — swiftly got to work on signing undrafted free agents. Remember, Austin Reaves was found via the same pool of players after last year’s draught.
In doing so, the Lakers filled the couple of two-way positions they had available to them, apparently signing Scotty Pippen Jr. (the son of the NBA star) as well as Syracuse’s Cole Swider (via The Athletic’s Shams Charania).
An previous story by Kyle Goon of The OC Register said numerous people who saw Swider’s Lakers exercise thought he was “a star.”
Swider is a sharpshooter, averaging 13.9 points per game in his final season with Syracuse, including some truly scorching 47.3% 3-point shooting on 5.1 attempts per game.
The two-way spots could alter during and after the Summer League, just as they did prior to the start of the regular season in 2021-22. Last season, Joel Ayayi filled one of these slots together with Austin Reaves until the former of those two was pulled out of the spot while the later was, presumably, promoted to the main roster. Christie would be one of the Lakers’ two two-way players exceeding the 15-man maximum at this time on the team’s main roster. This might all change, however, if the team is successful in acquiring new players through free agency and the summer league.
There were other reported signings that the Lakers made in their pursuit of filling out their Summer League roster for their first game in the California Classic on Saturday, July 2. The most noteworthy was another NBA legend’s son in Shareef O’Neal, who will be donning the same colors his dad wore during the peak of his career.
The Lakers also may have executed their first training camp invite, as KRPC Houston’s Ari Alexander reports that Houston’s Fabian White Jr. will be signing an Exhibit 10 deal with the team. White worked out for the Lakers in the middle of the month.
As a 6’8 forward, he will be someone to look out for as Summer League carries on. In his fifth season with Houston, White averaged a career-high 12.5 points per game, along with 5.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. He started every game in that final season as his team made a run to the Elite 8 in the 2022 NCAA Tournament.
It was also reported by JD Shaw of Hoops Rumors and Adam Zagoria that UConn guard RJ Cole will also be joining the Lakers’ Summer League team. Cole worked out for the Lakers early in June.
Cole came into the draught as a senior, measuring 6’1 as a point guard. He averaged 15.8 points and 4.1 assists in his final season. His 3-point shot faded in his final season as a Huskie, as he only hit 33.9 percent of his 5.3 3-point tries per game, however, he was a 37.7 percent shooter in his three preceding seasons (with the first two at Howard University before he transferred) (with the first two at Howard University before he transferred).
On Friday afternoon, another player was added to the Summer League roster in Vitto Brown, who played in Spain last season, according to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype.
With Christie as well, that brings the current tally of the Lakers’ Summer League team to eight, with a possibility of seven if Austin Reaves were to return to the exhibition. That won’t be the end of the Lakers’ signings, but given the fact that these were made so quickly at the tail-end of draft night, these names are probably the most important to watch out for as potential guys to sneak onto the Lakers’ main roster.
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