Update: Our original report said Black would re-sign on Tuesday, but due to a “scheduling issue,” the signing will take place Wednesday. Original story follows.
Word leaked on Monday that the Los Angeles Lakers would have Brandon Ingram ink his contract contract on Tuesday, and he isnt the only player they're finalizing a deal with. The Lakers will also officially sign Tarik Black on Wednesday, according to a league source.
The Lakers had agreed to a two-year deal worth $12.85 million this offseason, but the front office had held off on signing Black and Ingram (to a rookie-scale deal) in order to maintain cap flexibility for further offseason moves as long as possible. After officially signing Yi Jianlian to his one-year deal on Monday, the Lakers seem to be done making major moves for a while and will thus make things official with Black and Ingram.
Black, an undrafted free agent, will likely be the Lakers primary back-up center this season after averaging 5 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 0.4 blocks in 16.6 minutes per game during his two years in the NBA. He has been productive in limited playing time as well, as those averages translate to 10.9 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks per-36 minutes, per basketball reference. With Black and Ingram signed, as well as Yi Jianlian and a reported deal with Zach Auguste, the Lakers now have 16 players under contract as training camp approaches.
Update: Here is Tarik offically inking his contract on Wednesday:
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