Due to the intrepid reporting of Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical, we already knew that the Los Angeles Lakers had swapped reserve Marcelo Huertas for Houston Rockets reserve Tyler Ennis in the rare case of a third-year player being swapped for a significantly older second-year one.
If the Lakers miss Huertas’ unique blend of little NBA experience and being over 30-years-old, they may have found a replacement in the same trade that sent him packing. The Lakers’ official press release about the trade revealed that the team had also acquired the draft rights to 32-year old guard/forward Brad Newley in addition to Ennis.
Now who is this newly acquired player, you ask? Newley hails from Australia, and currently plies his trade for AEK Athens of the BCL, where he is averaging 17.57 points, 4.09 assists, and 4.96 rebounds this season.
The Rockets took him with the 54th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, and while it’s not clear if Newley will ever make his way stateside, here is a mixtape for anyone looking to familiarize themselves with his game: