October 2, 2012 in Professional
Detroit native Chris Douglas-Roberts signed a training camp deal with the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this week. Like most players on training camp deals, he’s a longshot to make the roster, but Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles reports the Lakers hope he’ll stick around in another capacity if he doesn’t make the team directly out of camp:
Chris Douglas-Roberts was a surprise to see today. The Lakers signed him to a training camp contract, w/ hope he will play for the D-Fenders
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) October 1, 2012
Although the D-League is probably not the most attractive option for a player like Douglas-Roberts, who could possibly make less loaded NBA rosters elsewhere, Gino Pilato of Ridiculous Upside makes the case for why it makes sense in this case:
With only three listed small forwards on the Lakers roster, Douglas-Roberts has a legitimate shot at making their squad. But if he were to spend some time with the L.A. D-Fenders, it would surely benefit him.
Douglas-Roberts has to look no further than his new teammate Devin Ebanks to see the benefits of a stint with the Lakers’ D-League single affiliate. Ebanks made good use of his time while playing for the D’s and was able to stay fresh in the mind of Mitch Kupchak. Kupchak, who can often be seen lurking over the D’s home games, undoubtedly took notice when Ebanks averaged his 18.3 points and 6.0 rebounds in just three games.
Douglas-Roberts’ versatility and scoring ability off the bench could certainly help the Lakers in the right role. Hopefully the organization finds a way to keep him past training camp.