Ryan Kelly will make his season debut for the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night when the Phoenix Suns visit Staples Center, reports Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News. Kelly missed all of preseason and the first four games of the season, and should have an opportunity to soak minutes at power forward following Julius Randle's season-ending injury.
Kelly had been dealing with hamstring issues through training camp, feeling soreness in both legs. The Lakers held him out as a precaution.
The Lakers drafted Kelly in the second-round of the 2013 NBA Draft, picking up the perimeter shooter out of Duke as a low-risk prospect who could fill a niche. Kelly played a significant role with the Lakers last season, averaging eight points in 22.7 minutes per game. Los Angeles re-signed Kelly to a two-year deal worth $3.4 million this past summer.
Scott will have an additional frontcourt player to work into his rotation, who should also help with the Lakers' lack of floor spacing through the first week of the season.