Travis Wear will return to the Los Angeles Lakers on a two-way contract, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Free agent forward Travis Wear has agreed to a two-way contract with the Lakers, league sources tell ESPN. He played 17 games with Lakers last season.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 24, 2018
Wear appeared in only 17 games last year, averaging 4.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in 13.4 minutes per game, shooting 36 percent from three.
His stats look considerably better (as most do, to be clear) in the G-League with the South Bay Lakers than with the parent team. In 34 games (29 starts), Wear played just shy of 30 minutes per game, averaging 16.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and just under a steal per game.
What was even more impressive (and probably the reason he received this deal) was his shooting ability in those games. He shot 42 percent from three (on a whopping 6.9 attempts per game), 47 percent from two and 86 percent from the free throw line.
Shooting numbers don’t always translate directly over to NBA experience (cut to Anthony Brown nodding glumly), but it’s at least a decent place to start.
What might be tough for Wear are consistent opportunities. Between LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma, Michael Beasley, Moe Wagner, Ivica Zubac and JaVale McGee, minutes at the four and five spots are going to be tough to come by. Injuries always happen and Wear does offer some different looks compared to those other guys, but he’s really going to have to step up to earn himself some playing time throughout the course of next season.
Wear is now the 20th signing heading into training camp and the team’s second two-way contract (along with Alex Caruso), meaning the Lakers are officially done with personnel acquisition for this summer, barring any kind of unexpected trade, injury or anything along those lines.
It’ll certainly be an interesting training camp given the amount of competition (something Rob Pelinka is really looking forward to) between veterans and young guys and everything in-between.