The Los Angeles Lakers have officially re-signed point guard Marcelo Huertas, according to a team press release. Huertas spent his first and only NBA season with the Lakers, averaging 4.5 points and 3.4 assists per game.
Huertas himself will likely play sparingly, a break-glass-in-case-of-emergency option to play in the stead of D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, and the newly acquired Jose Calderon, but his officially inking his contract could be significant for one reason.
It could just be a coincidence, but Huertas signing his contract a day after Oklahoma City Thunder signed Russell Westbrook to a three-year extension seems like anything but happenstance. The Lakers were often theorized to be looking at a trade for Westbrook, and thus attempting to keep as much cap space open as possible by holding off on officially inking contracts they had reportedly agreed to with Huertas, Tarik Black, and rookie Brandon Ingram. Westbrook's extension means he cannot be traded until February, putting a pin in any efforts to acquire him, if it will be possible at all.
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