The story singled out Nelson for his poor behavior, which allegedly included urinating on a teammate's clothes and getting into altercations with teammates.
Nelson has since filed a defamation lawsuit against Sports Illustrated for $10 million.
After being dismissed from UCLA last December, a career in the NBA looked bleak for the former Bruins star.
After playing in the Summer League for the Lakers, Nelson was offered a non-guaranteed one-year contract, potentially worth $700,000.
Nelson may be a long shot to make the team, but being dismissed from UCLA and going undrafted, he must find this opportunity a blessing.
If Reeves Nelson can show the Lakers' coaching staff that he is a special talent, here are some ways Nelson can impact the 2012-13 Lakers.