The Los Angeles Lakers officially inked Marcelo Huertas to what is presumed to be a 2 year deal. The terms of the deal are unknown, as the team does not release these details in the press release.
OFFICIAL: Lakers sign @Huertas09
Press Release: https://t.co/VXSQUGNfyz
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) August 5, 2016
Mitch Kupchak had this to say about the Brazilian point guard:
Marcelo’s understanding of the game, unselfishness, and professionalism are assets to our team and he has an uncanny ability to change the pace of the game. He’s fundamentally solid but also has a flair and excitement to his style of play, which makes him a fan favorite.
Mitch put it very well. Marcelo indeed was a fan favorite at times during last season, the worst in franchise history. The guard was affectionately called the Catalyst after coach Byron Scott coined the term. Many thought that Huertas would be left off the team after a less than stellar year last year, coupled with the trade for Jose Calderon. It appears, though, that the team was impressed with how he handled last year’s adversity and they want him to be a backup for the next couple of years.
The team’s official press release can be read here, but there isn’t too much written in there aside from the Mitch quote listed above.
Huertas, in my personal opinion, will be a good third string guy off the bench this year. He showed flashes of great skill last year, but for every amazing pass or shot, there was something less than stellar. One such moment occurred when Tyler Johnson of the Miami Heat crossed up on Huertas and left Marcelo in the dust. You can watch that here:
Also in the same game was… well… whatever the heck this was:
Mistakes aside, Huertas should bring some excellent energy off the bench and be a good mentor for the Lakers young core.
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