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Lakers sign second-round draft pick Robert Sacre

September 07, 2012|By Ben Bolch

Perhaps the clearest indication of the Lakers' hopes for their draft picks came earlier this week when the team signed undrafted rookies Reeves Nelson and Greg Somogyi before either of the players they had taken in the second round in June.

The Lakers finally signed Gonzaga forward-center Robert Sacre on Friday, though it was unclear if the contract was non-guaranteed and amounted to little more than an invitation to training camp.

Sacre's agent, Keith Kreiter, would not divulge the terms of the contract.

"We’re just thrilled that he signed and we think he has a great chance to make an impact this year," Kreiter said. "He feels he’s a perfect fit. He brings energy, he’s a terrific defender, he can step out [and shoot], he has a little punch to his offensive game and he's a chemistry guy.

"I think he's just thrilled to be part of the Lakers' tradition. It's one of the most storied franchises in the history of basketball. He’s old-fashioned. He loves to win, comes from a good program and he’s well-coached, so he feels like this could be a perfect fit."

Sacre, a 7-footer taken with the 60th and final selection in the draft, started all five games for the Lakers' summer league team, averaging 9.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 30 minutes.

He finished his career at Gonzaga ranked second all-time in school history with 186 blocks. He averaged 9.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in his career.

Darius Johnson-Odom, the Lakers' other second-round draft pick, remains unsigned.

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