Lakers to sign Jabari Brown as 16th player
Nick Young has missed the last seven games.
The Lakers’ injury woes definitely qualify them for hardship – four players missing at least three games and continuing to miss games – and the ability to sign a 16th player. Depending on Young’s timeline for return, the Lakers could even petition for a 17th player.
For now, they’re adding just one.
Brown went undrafted out of Missouri, played for the Lakers during training camp and had been with their D-League affiliate since. He’s a talented scorer, and his long-range shooting – 39 percent on 3-pointers with the L.A. Defenders – is probably his best ticket for immediate NBA playing time.
This reunites Missouri’s backcourt from last season, as Jordan Clarkson is already the Lakers’ starting point guard. Clarkson has shown promise, and Brown gives the Lakers another young player to develop down the stretch.