Lakers News: Sekou Doumbouya Agrees to 2-Way Contract with LA

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 12, 2022

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 4: Sekou Doumbouya #45 of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles on court against the Oklahoma City Thunder on November 4, 2021 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Lakers agreed to a two-way contract with forward Sekou Doumbouya, the team announced Wednesday.

Doumbouya played two games with the Lakers earlier this season but was waived when the team signed Chaundee Brown Jr. The Lakers waived Jay Huff in a corresponding move Wednesday.

Doumbouya, a 2019 first-round pick of the Detroit Pistons, has struggled to find his fit at the NBA level. He's been a consistently poor shooter (38.8 percent from the field) without any sign of major development, which obscures his length and athleticism on the perimeter.

The Lakers' signing of Doumbouya while giving him time to develop in the G League could ultimately pay dividends if he starts combining his physical gifts with on-court production. This L.A. roster is in desperate need of an influx of young talent, with the majority of players under contract well into their 30s.

Doumbouya is a low-cost, high-reward signing who still has untapped potential less than a month after turning 21.