October 1, 2012 in Professional
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Chris Douglas-Roberts, it was announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.
Douglas-Roberts, a three-year NBA veteran out of the University of Memphis, was originally selected by the then-New Jersey Nets in the second round (40th overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft. Douglas-Roberts has appeared in 155 NBA games (53 starts) for the Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks, recording career averages of 7.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in 20.6 minutes.
Douglas-Roberts played in Italy during the NBA lockout last season. Although most NBA signings this year are simply non-guaranteed contracts to players with little chance of making the roster who serve more as extra bodies for training camp, Brian Kamenetzky of ESPN Los Angeles thinks there could be a role for CDR, even on a loaded Lakers team, this season:
Unlike some other recent signings — I’m looking at you, Reeves Nelson, Ronnie Aguilar and Greg Somogyi – this one can’t simply be written off as a move to ensure Mike Brown has enough bodies to run a training camp. CDR has shown the ability to score in bunches at the NBA level. During his year in Milwaukee, an up and down affair to say the least, Douglas-Roberts twice put up 30 points. The season before in Jersey he had another 30-point game, plus a host of 20-plus nights.
Douglas-Roberts is listed as a training camp invitee by the Lakers, so his deal is still not guaranteed, but with the Lakers losing backup wing Matt Barnes in the offseason, CDR could have a decent chance of sticking with the team if he has a good camp.