The Los Angeles Lakers' roster has seen a fair amount of turnover over the last several seasons, but their Las Vegas Summer League team will at least have some continuity. In addition to D'Angelo Russell, Larry Nance, Jr., and Anthony Brown all returning for an encore in Vegas, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports that former Lakers guard Jabari Brown has agreed to join the team's summer league roster.
Some will remember Brown, who in addition to being Jordan Clarkson's college teammate spent 19 games with the Lakers during the 2014-15 season. Brown started five of those contests and averaged 11.9 points on 41.2 percent shooting (37.1 percent on three-pointers) in 29.9 minutes per game over that stint, and showed enough to earn an invite to the Lakers' last summer league team.
In Las Vegas, Brown scored 17.7 points per game on 40.5 percent shooting while canning 38.9 percent of his three-pointers and getting to the line 6.7 times per game, and the Lakers liked what they saw again, inviting him to join them for training camp in Hawaii and their preseason roster.
Brown struggled during the preseason, scoring just 6.9 points in 14.3 minutes per game, while missing seven of the nine three-pointers he attempted. That isn't a tremendously large sample size, but it was enough (in conjunction with the Lakers' depth in the backcourt and lack of a need for a player mostly useful as a singular minded scorer on a team full of them) to cause Brown to miss the final roster cut down to 15 players.
Brown packed his bags and took his talents to China, where he dominated to the tune of 32.4 points per game on 46.3 percent shooting for Guangdong Foshan, and at the conclusion of their season he returned to the Los Angeles D-Fenders in hopes of earning a call-up back to the Lakers. Unfortunately, Brown suffered a season-ending injury just eight games into his time there, and will now attempt to earn his way back to the Lakers in Las Vegas for the second year in a row.
Brown would appear to be on the outside looking in at a roster spot with the Lakers' glut of guards in the backcourt, but could potentially make the team as a fourth guard, or at least earn a training camp invite with a strong showing in Las Vegas.
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