It was reported in late April that Brazilian point guard Marcelo Huertas was planning on heading to the NBA, and Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski now reports that Huertas will be joining the Los Angeles Lakers on a one-year deal.
Huertas, 32, has spent six seasons playing for Barcelona in the Spanish ACB League, the second-best league in the world. He’s helped lead Barcelona to three straight Euroleague Final Four appearances, and he’s been a key contributor for the Brazilian national team in recent years, including the 2012 Summer Olympics.
It’s unclear just what kind of role Huertas will have with youngsters D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson in the backcourt to go along with Lou Williams and Kobe Bryant, who will likely play a good amount of small forward. If anything, Huertas can take on a mentor role for the young players.
The other team in Los Angeles made some noise on Monday as well, agreeing to a deal with veteran big man Chuck Hayes, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears. The Clippers have officially confirmed the news.
Hayes was first expected to sign with the Houston Rockets, but the deal between the two parties fell apart. With the Clippers looking to add another big man, they swooped in and snagged the 32-year-old, who didn’t see all that much court time with the Toronto Raptors last season.