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Lakers to sign Travis Wear for rest of season

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From South Bay to L.A., Wear has earned his spot on the Lakers’ roster.

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Just minutes after his second 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Lakers expired, reports surfaced that 27-year-old forward Travis Wear is expected to sign with the Lakers for the rest of the season.

A product of the Lakers’ G-League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers, Wear has appeared in 10 games for the Lakers’ senior squad, averaging 4.8 points per game while draining 12 of his 30 three-point attempts (40 percent). His personal best game came against the Miami Heat, where he dropped 11 points and shot a perfect 3-for-3 from behind the arc.

But fans that watched Wear in the Las Vegas Summer League last year knows Wear can shoot. Arguably the most impressive part of his stint with Los Angeles this time around is his effort on the defensive end, which has at times made it hard for head coach Luke Walton to take him off the floor.

With both Channing Frye and Brandon Ingram expected to make their returns to the floor this weekend, Wear might not see the floor much in these last few games, but after stops in the G League and Europe, Wear can finally say he is an NBA player again.