The 2016 NBA Draft has yet to take place, but the Los Angeles Lakers sound like they know at least a few players that will join their Las Vegas Summer League team this offseason. D'Angelo Russell, Larry Nance, Jr., and Anthony Brown will all return to Las Vegas for a second go around, and the front office will in all likelihood add Brandon Ingram to that roster when they select him second overall on Thursday.
It's still unknown who the Lakers will take with the 32nd overall pick, but that player is also a certainty to be on the team's summer league roster barring an injury.
That's four names, but the Lakers will still need to fill out the rest of their roster and are reportedly already moving to do so. International basketball reporter David Pick reported on Twitter on Wednesday morning that the front office has reached out to a somewhat unexpected name as they attempt to add a few more players to their Las Vegas outfit:
Source: Lakers invite 7'2" Frenchman Moustapha Fall to Summer League. Led ProA in blocks, shot insane 72% from 2PT.— David Pick (@IAmDPick) June 22, 2016
If you haven't heard of Fall, you aren't alone, but at least on paper the hulking center would appear to fill a "need" for size on the Lakers' summer league team, which does not have a center among their ranks yet. Fall went undrafted in 2014 and has played overseas since then, spending the last two seasons with AS Monaco Basket and Antibes, respectively.
As pick mentions, Fall did post 1.48 blocks per game last season with Antibes, and would have probably had more if he were able to stay on the floor. Fall played a career high 24.3 minutes per game last season, so conditioning could be an issue for him in the always fast-paced and slightly out of control play in Las Vegas.
Barring a standout showing in Las Vegas, Fall is likely just roster filler, but he is at least a somewhat interesting selection for the Lakers' summer league team should he eventually accept the Lakers invite and join them in Sin City in a few weeks.