The Los Angeles Lakers have reached an agreement with restricted free agent Ryan Kelly, according to Mike Bresnahan from the L.A. Times. Mark Medina from the L.A. Daily News says the deal is for two years with no options.
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.
Despite falling in last year’s draft due to questions surrounding his problematic right foot, Kelly emerged as one of the better rookies in last year’s class and showed an understanding of the game on a nightly basis.
At just 23-years-old, the Duke product still has lots of room to grow, and it will be interesting to see how he develops under a new coach next season.
The Lakers made Kelly a restricted free agent by extending a $1 million qualifying offer his way last month.