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Lakers make signing of Gonzaga forward Elias Harris official

August 14, 2013|By Eric Pincus
  • Former Gonzaga standout Elias Harris played well enough for the Lakers during the summer league to earn a two-year contract with the team.
Former Gonzaga standout Elias Harris played well enough for the Lakers… (George Frey / Associated…)

The Lakers have officially announced the signing of Gonzaga forward Elias Harris.

Although the Lakers agreed to terms with Harris in July, the paperwork wasn't finalized until Wednesday.

Harris played in five games for the Lakers' summer league squad in Las Vegas, averaging 10.2 points on 44.7% shooting.

Harris will make $490,180 in the first year of his deal, although only an undisclosed amount is guaranteed. His second year is at $816,482 and that is believed to be non-guaranteed.

The Lakers are also expected to sign rookie forward Ryan Kelly, taken with the 48th pick in the 2013 NBA draft.  With Harris and Kelly, the team will hit the league minimum of 13 players under contract.

Forward Marcus Landry is also considering an invitation from the team.  Additionally, rookie Detroit forward Nick Minnerath recently tweeted that he'll attend Lakers' training camp.

Reports have also linked the Lakers' interest in Shawne Williams and Gary Forbes.

The Lakers are expected to bring 16 to 20 players to training camp.  They can start the regular season with up to 15 players under contract, although 14 may be a more realistic number.


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