The Lakers signed 32-year-old Brazilian guard Marcelo Huertas to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal, according to a league source familiar with the situation.
Huertas averaged 7.4 points and 4.4 assists last season for FC Barcelona in Spain, where he has played in the past four years. The Lakers already have a competitive backcourt in Kobe Bryant, D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams. But Huertas is considered a steady playmaker that should nurture Russell’s growth and minimize any mistakes he makes his rookie season.
The Lakers are expected to sign at least one more player before media day on Sept. 28. But it’s possible the team will add up to two or three more players to their training camp roster. The Lakers have 17 players under contract, including non-guaranteed deals to Tarik Black and Jabari Brown. They can have up to 20 players during training camp before trimming to a league-maximum 15 to open the 2015-16 season in late October.