The 2014 NBA Draft may be over, but the offseason is only just getting underway.
Just hours after Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss selected Julius Randle with the seventh overall pick in the draft – and after buying a pick from the Washington Wizards to acquire Jordan Clarkson at 46 – the team continued their mini-rebuild by securing two undrafted prospects to play for their Summer League team in Las Vegas next month.
According to Adam Zagoria from SportsNet New York, Iowa’s DeAndre Kane will suit up for the Lakers’ Summer League team. Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross will also wear the purple and gold in Vegas, per Bob Baptist from The Columbus Dispatch.
Despite averaging 17.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game last season, Kane went undrafted last night. The reason? He turned 25 earlier this month.
Still, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Kane tear it up in Vegas and find himself with a training camp invite in October.
Ross is also another interesting pick up. The 21-year-old averaged 15.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game last season and will also have a chance to land a spot on the Lakers’ training camp roster if he puts on a good show in Nevada next month.