Lakers to sign Gonzaga’s Johnathan Williams for Summer League roster

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-West Regional-Florida State vs Gonzaga
March 22, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Johnathan Williams (3) shoots against Florida State Seminoles center Christ Koumadje (21) during the first half in the semifinals of the West regional of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at STAPLES Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

According to Bill Oram of The Athletic, the Los Angeles Lakers are signing Johnathan Williams to a Summer League roster spot. Williams is a 6-9 big man out of Gonzaga. He previously played two years of college basketball at Missouri.

The 23-year-old averaged 13.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in about 29 minutes of playing time per contest. An athletic and mobile big, Williams can be a pick-and-roll threat for the summer Lakers. He also boasts some potential as a shooter with a career 33.3 percent mark from behind the arc on 150 total attempts.

Williams is the fourth undrafted free agent that the Lakers have signed since t he conclusion of the 2018 NBA Draft. He joins UNC’s Joel Berry II, Oklahoma State’s Jeffrey Carroll, and Kansas’ Malik Newman. Newman was signed to a two-way contract, likely signaling that he will contribute to the Lakers during the regular season, as well.

The four undrafted rookies will join three who were selected in the two rounds of the NBA Draft. The Lakers will receive contributions from Moritz Wagner of Michigan, Isaac Bonga of Frankfurt, and Svi Mykhailiuk of Kansas.

The Summer League roster will also likely feature returning Lakers Josh Hart, Thomas Bryant, and Alex Caruso. Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma will not participate.

The Lakers will participate in the inaugural Sacramento Summer League before heading to Las Vegas where all 30 NBA teams will be featured in the annual tournament.

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