Marcelo Huertas agrees to a 2 year deal

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After the Jose Calderon trade last night, many, including myself, believed this spelled the end of the Marcelo Huertas era with the Lakers. That was proven to be false, as Adrian Wojnarowski announced today that the 32 year old guard out of Brazil was staying.

Marcelo Huertas, or “The Catalyst” as many Lakers fans called him, had a decent year last year. He was a spectacular passer from the start. He was not a great shooter, though, and his defense is suspect at best. Ironically, one of his more famous moments was when Jose Calderon nailed a 3 point jumper over him to seal a victory while Calderon was on the Knicks. This improved the Lakers lottery chances even more.

Options Aplenty

With the acquisition of Jose Calderon and the re-acquisition of Marcelo Huertas, it seems that a number of things are being lined up. The Lakers can possibly move Calderon in order to net another 2nd round pick (they received two from Chicago). They could hold on to both players for some added depth at the point guard position. Lastly, they could possibly trade Lou Williams, which might move Calderon to the backup shooting guard spot. Some Lakers fans seem to prefer option number three.

Contract Details

The details of the contract have not been released as of yet. In terms of cap hold, it will likely be similar to Tarik Black. He will get some money, but the only thing that is held against the cap is his qualifying offer. Which doesn’t change the recent cap figure of $17.1 million remaining (if Nick Young is stretched). The Lakers still have money to spend and options. As Alex Kennedy states, this crazy off season is far from over:

Other Free Agency News

In other news the Lakers officially signed Jordan Clarkson:

The Lakers also officially signed 6’9 forward Loul Deng to his 4 year, $72 million deal:

They officially signed the 32nd overall pick Ivica Zubac to his 3 year deal (contract details unknown).

 

Timofey Mozgov, Tarik Black, and Brandon Ingram have not signed yet for reasons unknown.

The Lakers also officially announced their acquisition of Jose Calderon today:

The Lakers will receive two future 2nd round picks from the Bulls. They will also send the draft rights for Ater Majok to Chicago. Majok is currently playing in the Polish Basketball League for Trefl Sopot.

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