The Los Angeles Lakers’ Summer League is in full swing, but the team has no first-round picks on the squad due to the team trading away their lone first-round pick this year to the New Orleans Pelicans in the Anthony Davis trade. However, that didn’t stop the team from announcing on Tuesday night that they were signing two of their Summer League team’s players to Exhibit 10 contracts (reported by Dave McMenamin/ESPN). Those two players were Devontae Cacok and Aric Holman, who will seemingly be substantial parts of the South Bay Lakers in the G-League for the 2019-20 season. The Exhibit 10 contracts will give the Lakers the ability to convert Cacok and Holman’s contracts to two-way contracts before the season starts, if the Lakers wish to do so. If the Lakers don’t do that, the team can also cut the two players and then just assign them strictly to the South Bay Lakers, as explained by Pete Zayas here.
Devontae Cacok played all four years of his college career at UNC-Wilmington, averaging 15.2 PPG and 12.3 RPG in his 2018-19 senior year. Cacok has averaged 12.6 PPG and 8.5 RPG so far in the Lakers’ six Summer League contests.
Aric Holman also played all four years of his collegiate career, doing so in the SEC at Mississippi State. Holman averaged 9.5 PPG, 6.2 APG, and 1.6 BPG while shooting 42.9% from three in his 2018-19 senior year. He is currently averaging 4.5 PPG, 3.0 RPG, and 1.3 BPG in his six Summer League games so far.
The two will be part of the effort to replace Alex Caruso’s production on the South Bay Lakers, as he will start the 2019-20 season as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers as he begins his inevitable quest to become the next NBA MVP*.
*This is a joke. He will actually be co-MVP with LeBron James.