The Los Angeles Lakers and former Indiana forward Thomas Bryant have agreed to a two year deal, with the first year being fully guaranteed. The second year of the deal will be a team option, allowing the Lakers to maintain flexibility for next year’s free agency.
Sources: Lakers and No. 42 overall pick Thomas Bryant of Indiana have agreed to a guaranteed deal for next season, with '18-19 team option.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 27, 2017
Bryant was a highly touted recruit that spent two years with the Hoosiers, averaging 12.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game throughout his career. After two seasons in Bloomington, Bryant declared early for the draft and was selected by the Lakers with the 42nd pick of the NBA Draft.
The Lakers had a limited amount of salary cap remaining, limiting what they could offer Bryant. Bryant is seen more as a developmental option and could see some time in the G League this year, but the Lakers saw enough from him in the Summer League to guarantee his first year.
As a reserve this summer, he averaged 5.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per game for the Lakers squad that won the Vegas Summer League title.