Lakers News: LA, Tyler Ennis Agree to 1-Year Contract with Team Option

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 25, 2017

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 12: Tyler Ennis #11 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball against the Golden State Warriors on April 12, 2017 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, 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 Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Tyler Ennis will return to the Los Angeles Lakers after agreeing to a one-year deal with the team Tuesday.

According to ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne, Ennis will earn the league minimum of $1.5 million in 2017-18, and the Lakers have a team option for next year. Shelburne provided additional perspective behind the move:     

Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne

Lakers really liked how Ennis played in his brief time with the club. He's young, still developing and this helps with team continuity.

Ennis struggled to carve out a meaningful role at any of his previous stops, and the Lakers are his fourth team since the Phoenix Suns selected him with the 18th overall pick of the 2014 draft.

The 22-year-old appeared to find a comfort zone in Los Angeles, averaging 7.7 points and 2.4 assists in 22 games for the Lakers last season. The team also had a 5.4 net rating when he was on the court, according to NBA.com.

In April, Ennis stated he was open to returning to the Lakers.

"Anytime you go through the journey I've been through so far in the league and then have an opportunity to play and have people welcome me with open arms, that's something you want to stay with," he said, per the Orange County Register. "Obviously there's a lot going on, but if the opportunity to stay is there, they'll definitely be at the top of the list."

ESPN.com's Chris Haynes reported last Thursday the Lakers met with Derrick Rose to fill the team's void at backup point guard. The Cleveland Cavaliers confirmed Tuesday, however, that they signed Rose.

With Rose no longer an option, Ennis represents a low-cost solution to add depth at point guard.


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