Update: Huertas himself confirmed the report on Instagram, saying he “Couldn't be happier to stay with this organization and people that have welcomed me so well last season!” Original story follows.
The Catalyst is back. Los Angeles Lakers restricted free agent Marcelo Huertas has agreed to return to Los Angeles on two-year deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical.
Huertas, the oldest rookie in the NBA last season at age 32, averaged 4.5 points, 1.7 rebounds, and a team-leading 3.4 assists in his first year in Los Angeles. The team’s offense also functioned FAR better with Huertas on the court, scoring 101.6 points per 100 possessions with Huertas as opposed to 97.8 with him on the bench.
Admittedly much of that work was done against opposing team’s backups/without Kobe Bryant chucking away, and Huertas’ defensive issues are real. However, the international veteran did show that his playmaking skills do have value at the NBA level, and it makes sense for the Lakers to bring him back as cheap point guard depth.
Plus, who could forget the time he warmed Lakers’ fans hearts with this unforgettable moment:
Welcome back Marcelo.
All stats per NBA.com. You can follow this author on Twitter at @hmfaigen.