The Los Angeles Lakers recently waived Joel Ayayi (in addition to other players on Exhibit 10 deals), causing the team to have an open two-way contract available. This open contract came after the team signed 2019 NBA Draft pick Sekou Doumbouya to one of their two available two-way contracts after Austin Reaves’ contract was converted into a partially guaranteed deal. The Lakers have now filled that remaining two-way contract, as they announced Monday that they had signed Jay Huff (Dave McMenamin of ESPN first confirmed the team’s release).
The Lakers announce they have signed Jay Huff out of the University of Virginia with their final two-way roster spot.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) October 18, 2021
Jay Huff comes to the Lakers after spending a small amount of time with the Washington Wizards. He played in two preseason games for the team, but only at the end of a couple of games with little-to-no statistics coming from the 7’1” center.
Huff played all four years of his collegiate career at the University of Virginia, entering the 2021 NBA Draft as a senior. He did not have a large role during his freshman and sophomore seasons, but started a majority of the games in his junior year with starts in all 25 games of his senior season. In his final year he averaged 13.0 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per game.
He will more than likely play nearly all of his time on the team’s G-League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers. There, Huff will provide some great shooting from deep for a big man as he made 38.7% of his 3.0 three-point attempts per game in his senior year.
This move fills out the team’s roster following the announcement of Avery Bradley returning to the team on a non-guaranteed deal. They now have all 15 of the maximum roster spots filled with two two-way deals as well.