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Lakers news: Team signs Tyler Ennis to a one-year contract

The Los Angeles Lakers on Monday afternoon agreed to a one-year, deal at the veteran’s minimum with point guard Tyler Ennis, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN

Ennis had been acquired by the Lakers prior to the trade deadline last season in a deal that sent Marcelo Huertas to the Houston Rockets. In 22 games played with Los Angeles, he averaged career highs with 7.7 points on 45.1 percent shooting from the field and 38.9 percent from beyond the arc with 2.4 assists, 0.9 steals in 17.8 minutes per contest. 

The 22-year-old will likely vie for playing time behind rookie point guard Lonzo Ball next season. He is currently the only other pure point guard on the roster. 

The decision to bring back Ennis comes just a day after former All-Star point guard Derrick Rose decided to ink a one-year, $2.1 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers instead of the Lakers. Los Angeles had attempted to sell Rose on their culture and a definitive bench role next season. 

The front office is expected to keep their options open for the final roster spot that could go to a player they invite to training camp or may keep it open heading into the 2017-18 season. 

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He's also currently a sports freelance writer for Sports Uncut. He's also the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90.
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