The Lakers signed undrafted University of Texas forward Jonathan Holmes to a multi-year contract, General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced Thursday. Terms of the 6-foot-9, 22-year-old’s deal were not released.
Holmes, a four-year starter at Texas, was rewarded for a solid performance in the NBA Summer League, where he averaged 12.2 points and 5.6 rebounds as a member of the Celtics’ entry. Holmes, who has good range for a physical player with a 240-pound body, shot 56 percent from the field and 46 percent from beyond the arc in eight summer league games.
The versatile forward from San Antonio was a solid, but not spectacular player in college, earning All-Big 12 second team honors and team MVP as a junior in 2013-14. Holmes’ junior season was his best for the Longhorns with averages of 12.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks on 51 percent shooting. He was All-Big 12 honorable mention as a senior, finishing with four-year career averages of 9.2 points and 5.9 rebounds.