Lakers approach deal with former first round pick Sekou Doumbouya

The Los Angeles Lakers Make Progress In Signing Sekou Doumbouya On A Two-Way Deal Shams Charania from The Athletic.

The Detroit Pistons drafted Doumbouya, a 6-foot striker, with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2019 draft, but it has been a tough ride for the youngster since then.

During two seasons with Detroit, he averaged 5.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 17.3 minutes, while shooting a total of 38.4% on 5.5 attempts and 25.4% from deep on 2.3 attempts.

Detroit split Doumbouya to the Brooklyn Nets for DeAndre Jordan this summer, leading to Jordan’s buyout from the Pistons. Then Jordan signed with the Lakers.

But the Nets didn’t hold onto Doumbouya for long. Brooklyn diverted him to the Houston Rockets, but the Rockets saw him off on arrival.

Head coach Frank Vogel said the team would consider players currently on the roster and available for the second two-sided spot throughout the league.

Vogel said Chaundee Brown was making a case, but it seems the Lakers see more advantage in 20-year-old Doumbouya.

Doumbouya will spend more time developing with the South Bay Lakers of the G League, but his size could prove useful for the main squad, given Trevor Ariza’s injury and the general lack of players from his frame on the roster.

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