The Los Angeles Lakers announced that they have officially signed guard Mac McClung to a two-way contract. The roster spot was opened up when the Lakers signed Wenyen Gabriel to a standard NBA contract after waiving Trevor Ariza.
The move allows the Lakers to get a look at McClung in their final game of the season on Sunday against the Denver Nuggets. The terms of the deal were not released, so it’s unclear if the contract is just for the rest of this season or next year as well.
McClung originally signed with the Lakers after going undrafted out of Texas Tech last summer. He played on their Summer League team and then signed a training camp contract before eventually being waived and joining the G League South Bay Lakers.
The 23-year-old had a very successful first professional season, recently being named the 2021-22 Kia NBA G League Rookie of the Year.
McClung appeared in 27 regular season NBA G League games for South Bay and the Windy City Bulls, averaging 21.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 7.6 assists and 1.4 steals in 36.2 minutes. He shot 46.7 percent from the field and 37.4 percent from 3-point range.
When teams were dealing with coronavirus (COVID-19) and were allowed to sign extra players via the hardship exception, McClung signed with the Chicago Bulls although only played three minutes in one game with the team.
With the Lakers likey needing players on minimum contracts again next season, it makes sense to give McClung a shot once again and hope his development continues as it did this season.
James, Davis, Anthony, Westbrook ruled out for finale
The Lakers already announced that LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook have been ruled out for Sunday’s season finale against the Nuggets, which should allow McClung and the other young players to get plenty of playing time to showcase their skills.
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