The Los Angeles Lakers have been digging through the G League ever since cutting Andrew Bogut, and it appears they’ve circled in on their pick after crossing Jamil Wilson off the list. Gary Payton II is set to join the team on a two-way contract and is expected to be with the Lakers in Memphis, reports Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.
The Lakers waived Vander Blue on Friday, clearing the way for them to add to the roster via the additional two-way contract space that was opened up with Blue out of the picture. Initially reports indicated the Lakers were eyeing using a 10-day contract once they cut Bogut, but going the two-way route provides some additional flexibility and time with the prospect heading into the trade deadline.
Payton II played in 12 games for the Milwaukee Bucks this season for a total of 106 minutes. He averaged 2.5 points, .8 assists and 1.4 rebounds per game in the minimal playing time he had.
The move from the Lakers follows news that Lonzo Ball underwent an MRI on his sore left knee Sunday. Ball is officially listed as questionable against the Memphis Grizzlies, and if he’s going to miss time (again), it’s obvious the Lakers need an answer besides Tyler Ennis and Alex Caruso at point guard.
This also leaves the Lakers with one official roster spot to work with.