In the mere minutes prior to Thursday’s trade deadline, the Los Angeles Lakers struck a deal with the Houston Rockets for guard Tyler Ennis in exchange for guard Marcelo Huertas, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
Sources: The Lakers will send guard Marcelo Huertas to the Rockets in Ennis deal. The Rockets will waive Huertas.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017
Los Angeles mark the fourth team that Ennis has played for since being selected with the 18th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. He has been sparsely used by the Rockets this season averaging career lows across the board with 1.9 points and 1.1 assists in 6.3 minutes per game.
Meanwhile, Huertas had been relegated to a similar role with the Lakers averaging just 2.7 points and 2.2 assists in 10.3 minutes in 23 games played with one start this season. He had notched double-figure scoring twice and tied his career with five steals against Houston on Dec. 7.
The addition fo Ennis provides Los Angeles with another young player to add to the mix. The 22-year-old is making $1.7 million final year of his three-year, $4.9 million rookie deal. The fourth year of the contract had been declined by the Rockets just prior to the start of the regular season.