Los Angeles Lakers: 5 Ways Reeves Nelson Impacts the Lakers in 2012-13

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Los Angeles Lakers: 5 Ways Reeves Nelson Impacts the Lakers in 2012-13
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Former UCLA forward Reeves Nelson went undrafted in June after a Sports Illustrated story painted Reeves as a serious problem off the court. 

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. 

That is, until the Los Angeles Lakers invited Nelson to their training camp in October. 

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. 

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