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Report: Lakers signing undrafted Michael Frazier

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Two players in my top 30 for the 2015 NBA draft went undrafted: No. 23 Christian Wood and No. 26 Michael Frazier.

Wood signed with the Rockets, and now Frazier is headed to the Lakers.

Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times:

According to a team spokesman, the former Florida standout is expected to sign with the team over the next few days

A person privy to the details of the agreement, but not authorized to comment publicly, said Frazier will sign a two-year, minimum-salary deal of $1.4 million ($525,093 and $874,636, respectively).

Only $50,000 of his first-year salary will be guaranteed.

Needless to say, I like this deal. This is a small price to pay for someone I believe has first-round ability.

Frazier is a knock-down 3-point shooter. He made 43% of his attempts beyond the arc at Florida, and his 85% mark from the free-throw line supports the idea he’ll continue to shoot well in the NBA.

Frazier’s game is pretty limited to spot-up shooting, but that’s an important skill. If the Lakers get an attention-drawing star – whether it’s Kobe Bryant getting healthy, D’Angelo Russell or Julius Randle developing or a free agent signing – Frazier could fill a key supporting role.

In the meantime, Frazier will compete for an NBA roster spot. The Lakers have 12 players with fully guaranteed salaries plus Jonathan Holmes ($100,000 guaranteed), Tarik Black (unguaranteed) and Jabari Brown (unguaranteed). If the Lakers waive Frazier, they could assign his D-League rights to their affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders. That would keep Frazier in the pipeline, but he could sign with any NBA team.

Lakers to work out Bobby Brown, Toure Murry, others

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As you read this, the Lakers have 12 guaranteed contracts in place for the upcoming season. Then there are a couple non-guaranteed deals from guys who could, maybe even are likely to make the final roster in Tarik Black and Jabari Brown.

But Los Angeles is still looking for guys to get training camp invites and prove they belong in the final 14 (or 15, but most teams leave that last roster spot open for flexibility in trades or due to injury).

The Lakers are bringing in a few interesting names for workouts, reports Marc Stein of ESPN and Dave Pick.

A workout means just that — the Lakers are going to take a look at these guys and decide if they want to invite any of them to training camp in Hawaii. If these guys can get that far (certainly no guarantee, most will not), the Lakers will probably have 18 guys at camp (give or take a couple) and that number will be cut down to 14 or 15 when the season opens.

Meaning there is almost no chance any of these guys are on the opening day roster. But they are going to get their chance.

Lakers waive Jeremy Tyler, who’s China-bound

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In addition to 13 players with guaranteed contracts, the Lakers had six players with unguaranteed contracts.

One of them, Ronnie Price, has the endorsements of Kobe Bryant and Byron Scott and seems likely to make the team (despite throwing a shoe at Andre Iguodala).

That still left one roster spot available between Jeremy Tyler, Wayne Ellington, Keith Appling, Jabari Brown and Roscoe Smith.

It’s not going to Tyler.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

The Knicks planned to waive Tyler this summer, but they traded him to the Kings, who cut him. Tyler – who famously left high school after his junior year to turn pro – clearly needs a lot of work to become NBA-ready. At 23, he won’t get back into the league based on potential. He must prove he can produce at this level.

For the Lakers this season, it’s probably Ellington or bust. He’s played 26.8 minutes per game in the preseason, second on the team only to Price. It seems the Lakers are trying to determine whether keeping those players outweighs the flexibility of an open roster spot.

My guess is the Lakers keep both into regular season.