The Lakers announced the signing of guard Tyler Ennis today, one day after their other backup PG target signed elsewhere. Ennis’ deal is for the veteran’s minimum, with a team option for next year. The contract leaves two remaining roster spots open for the Summer League champs.
Ennis played in limited action last year with the Lakers, after being traded from the Houston Rockets for Marcelo Huertas. Ennis averaged 7.7 ppg and 2.4 apg with the Lakers last year, which are two stat categories that team officials expect to improve this year.
Ennis was drafted 18th overall by the Phoenix Suns in 2014. He played collegiate ball at Syracuse under legendary head coach Jim Boeheim. As a freshman, Ennis accomplished something that no frosh had ever done before; he lead the ACC in assists.
Other options that the Lakers looked at included Ian Clark, a 2017 world champion, and Derrick Rose. With only five guards under contract, I fully anticipate one of the remaining roster spots to be locked up by another guard. That leaves one roster spot and one two-way contract-eligible player to complete the roster.