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Lakers add Joel Ayayi, Austin Reeves, Chaundee Brown and Mac McClung in undrafted free agency

The Lakers cleaned up in undrafted free agency following the 2021 NBA Draft.

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The Los Angeles Lakers may have not had a single pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, but that didn’t stop the team from being busy on Thursday night. While they didn’t buy a pick in the second round, the team’s scouts did get a few second-round quality players for their two-way contracts and Las Vegas Summer League roster.

After Devontae Cacok and Kostas Antetokounmpo occupied the team’s pair of two-way slots the last two seasons, the Lakers are going in a new direction, adding Joel Ayayi and Austin Reaves on two-way deals, according to ESPN:

Two-way contracts do not count against a team’s roster or salary cap, but each team is only allowed to have two at a time. As the rules around these contracts continue to be modified, the latest NBA changes are that each two-way player will now be paid half of the minimum contract for an undrafted free agent and only be allowed to be on a team’s active roster for 50 regular season games, but face no limits on how often they can practice or travel with the team (unlike in years past).

Both players the Lakers added on their deals are well-regarded by draftniks, with Ayayi ranked as the third-best undrafted prospect by ESPN, and Reeves ranked second:

Those two will presumably join the previously reported Dakota Mathias, Yoeli Childs, Vic Law and Zavier Simpson on the team’s summer league roster, but they won’t be alone. Rob Pelinka and the front office also added Mac McClung and Chaundee Brown on Exhibit 10 deals:

McClung, the 37th-ranked undrafted prospect by ESPN, is excited for the opportunity:

Brown, meanwhile, is ranked as the seventh-best undrafted prospect by ESPN, and thinks he’s going to be sticking around longer than his pedigree and contract would suggest:

Of those four players, only one (Ayayi) did not take part in a public pre-draft workout for the team, lending further credence to the idea that the Lakers heavily weight those workouts in their scouting process. We will all get a closer look at these four (and more) when the Lakers tip off summer league tips off on Aug. 8.

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