With the offseason winding down and the regular season around the corner, the Los Angeles Lakers have continued to make moves to the backend of their roster.
Los Angeles on Monday announced the signing of former Notre Dame forward Zach Auguste to a contract. Auguste spent four years at the collegiate level putting together his best statistical season in his senior campaign averaging a double-double with career highs with 14.0 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.
The 23-year-old wasn’t selected in the 2016 NBA drafted but signed with the Lakers to play on their summer league team. Auguste averaged 5.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in 15.4 minutes per game in four games played.
Auguste could bring some much-needed depth to the front court as a strong rebounder that possesses unique athleticism. He will likely compete against former UCLA forward Travis Wear for one of the final spots on the roster.
The Lakers’ frontcourt has become quite jumbled with the recent addition of Yi Jianlian to the mix while retaining Tarik Black and taking Ivica Zubac in the second round of this year’s draft. Auguste will likely need a strong training camp and preseason in order of having any chance to make the 15-man regular season roster that currently sits at 16 players under contract.
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