PHOTO: twitter.com/Lakers

PHOTO: twitter.com/Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have officially signed free agent big man Ed Davis, according to a press release from general manager Mitch Kupchak.

“Ed is a versatile, young frontcourt player who, if he continues to work hard, will be a valuable contributor,” Kupchak said in a statement released by the team. “We look forward to him furthering his development with the Lakers and are excited by what we think he can offer our team.”

Davis’ deal is for two-years at the league minimum, according to Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo Sports. The second year is said to be a player option.

The Lakers may have found themselves a steal in Davis, who was selected by the Toronto Raptors with the 13th pick in 2010. However, despite showing promise in Toronto and then Memphis, Davis has never had the opportunity to play more than the 24.6 minutes per game he was given during his rookie year, and that’s why he’s an intriguing prospect for the Lakers to take a look at this coming season.

Davis’ per 36 minutes stats are impressive, with the 25-year-old averaging 13.4 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 assists per game when using the projected stats formula, so it will be interesting to see how the big man performs if and when the team’s next head coach gives the North Carolina product an opportunity to show the basketball what he’s made of.

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