Report: Lakers sign undrafted Zach Norvell Jr. to two-way contract

Zach Norvell
Mar 28, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Zach Norvell Jr. (23) tries to score past Florida State Seminoles center Christ Koumadje (21) in the semifinals of the west regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers have begun the process of building their training camp roster, at least through the undrafted free agent market.

Among the first players signed on to likely play in Summer League and compete in training camp is Zach Norvell, Jr, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The 21-year-old Gonzaga product was signed to a two-way contract which means he will alternate time spent with the Lakers and their G-League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers. In the past, the Lakers have been able to find gems like Alex Caruso and fellow Gonzaga product Johnathan Williams by taking advantage of the two two-way contracts they can sign per year.

Committing a two-way contract to Norvell now shows that the organization feels strongly about the 6-foot-5 guard. They could waive him and give his two-way contract to someone else if they see fit but for now it seems as though the Lakers want Norvell in their organization.

In two seasons at Gonzaga, Norvell averaged 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. He shot 44.4% from the field and 37% from behind the 3-point line.

He joins second-round pick Talen Horton-Tucker as part of the Lakers 2019 rookie class.

Leave a Reply