At the time, I wrote that “Queen is currently unsigned, but it wouldn’t be a shock to see him get a camp invite — whether with the Lakers or elsewhere — or end up in South Bay.” As it turns out, that’s exactly what is happening, as Queen is coming to training camp with the Lakers.
Dave McMenamin of ESPN broke the story:
Free agent guard Trevelin Queen has signed a partially guaranteed training camp deal with the L.A. Lakers, his agent, Daniel Hazan of Hazan Sports Management, told ESPN. He averaged 13.2 pts on 54% from 3 and 2.0 stl per game for the Lakers’ summer league team in Las Vegas— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) September 28, 2021
Prior to spending this summer with the Lakers, Queen went undrafted in the 2020 NBA Draft, spent last training camp with the Houston Rockets, and then played 15 games for their G League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Queen averaged 10 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals while shooting 45.8% from the field in the G League bubble.
With Queen now in tow, the Lakers’ camp roster stands at 19 of the 20 maximum players. While he is extremely unlikely to make the roster given that the team has handed out 14 of their 15 maximum guaranteed deals already and plan to leave their final roster spot empty for the buyout market, Queen could potentially earn a spot on the South Bay Lakers in the G League with an impressive camp, or even play his way into the open two-way contract that was made available when the Lakers promoted rookie Austin Reaves to the regular roster.
The Lakers will have their first training camp practice tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. PT. Given the timing of this news, expect Queen to be there, continuing to hustle for his NBA life.