Times are changing in Lakerland. Gone are the days when the team was stacked full of veteran players. Now, there’s a lot of young guys on board.
Today, the team said goodbye to yet another vet as 41-year-old Steve Nash, who announced his retirement earlier this month, was waived to make room for undrafted rookie Jabari Brown.
According to Eric Pincus from the L.A. Times, the Lakers signed Brown to a two-year deal after his second 10-day contract expired earlier this week. The team had to waive Nash in order to make room for the 22-year-old guard.
The second year of Brown’s deal will be non-guaranteed, per Pincus.
This is a good move by the Lakers. Signing Brown to a two-year, non-guaranteeed deal truly puts the ball in their court.
This contract will allow the team to monitor Brown over the team’s final 9 games, while also giving them a chance to take a look at him this summer in Las Vegas.
The Missouri product is also now set to be on next season’s roster.
In 10 games with the Lakers this so far this season, Brown is averaging 9.4 points, 1.7 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 24.5 minutes per game. He’s also shooting 50 percent from the field and 45 percent from three-point range.
Brown has progressed nicely with the team so far and even scored a career-high 22 points on just 10 shots Monday night in Philadelphia.