The Los Angeles Lakers have been busy this week bolstering their frontcourt. As training camp rapidly approaches, the team is reportedly close to signing China's leading scorer in the Rio Olympics, Yi Jianlian.
According to Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report, Jianlian isn't the only name the team has added to their roster. Pincus reported on Sunday afternoon that the Lakers have agreed to terms on a deal with undrafted free agent Zach Auguste (terms unknown at this time). The Notre Dame product played for the Lakers in Las Vegas Summer League, where he averaged 5.3 points and 4 rebounds on 45 percent shooting in 15.8 minutes per game for Los Angeles.
Auguste is about as solid of a prospect as teams generally can acquire outside of the draft. He and his "bash brother" Larry Nance, Jr. teamed up to disrupt teams with their tireless acitivity in Las Vegas, where Auguste told Silver Screen and Roll he was "confident" he would get a training camp invite from the team.
That confidence has been shown to be warranted by this signing, but as (reportedly) the 16th man on a 15 man roster, Auguste will have to demonstrate plenty more to make the final roster. If he ultimately misses the final cut, he would join the Los Angeles D-Fenders' roster if he chose to go the D-League route as Michael Frazier and Robert Upshaw did last year.