Ryan Kelly has officially re-signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Kelly and the Lakers reached an agreement last week, according to reports. According to Marc Stein from ESPN, the deal is for two years and just under $3.4 million. The Lakers likely had to renounce Kelly’s rights to get this deal done due to salary cap restrictions – and it appears they used some of their $2.7 million room exception to sign Kelly – though the purple and gold will own the big man’s early Bird rights when his deal expires in 2016.
“When we extended a qualifying offer to Ryan in June, we fully expected him to be a part of our future,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement released by the team. “Ryan did everything we asked of him as a rookie and showed great promise and potential. After rehabbing an injury last summer, he will have the benefit of a full offseason regimen and training camp for the first time in his NBA career, and we anticipate further development as a result.”
After being drafted with the 48th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Kelly was a surprise contributor last season as he went on to average 8.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists in just 22.2 minutes per game. He also shot 33 percent from three-point range and went 48 percent from deep during the month of March.