Lakers waive Doumbouya, sign Chaundee Brown to two-way contract

Chaundee Brown
Los Angeles Lakers guard Chaundee Brown Jr. (38) goes up to basket while defended by Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

The Los Angeles Lakers have made a small transactional move this week, waiving one two-way player and signing a replacement. The team announced that they have signed Chaundee Brown to a two-way deal, waiving Sekou Doumbouya to create the open spot.

Brown was one of the Summer League and preseason standouts for the Lakers. As the team continues to battle injuries and with limited practice time during the season, they are seemingly opting to bring back a player who knows the system and could contribute in case of an emergency. The 22-year-old Michigan product turned heads with his hustle and 3-point shooting in preseason after struggling somewhat during summer league.

As a two-way player, Brown will spend the majority of his time in the G League with the South Bay Lakers but will have a designated number of days that he can spend with the parent team in the NBA.

Doumbouya spent the summer with the Brooklyn Nets after the DeAndre Jordan trade that saw the big man eventually come to the Lakers. The 20-year-old power forward was eventually cut and acquired by the purple and gold where he played a total of 16 minutes in two games and tallied 14 points, six rebounds, two steals, and three blocks in those minutes.

As LeBron James nears a return and the Lakers opt to go smaller in recent games with Jordan out of the rotation, the need for a second big on a two-way contract was lessened. Brown, meanwhile, could see some minutes as backcourt options Kendrick Nunn and Austin Reaves continue to be out with injury.

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