Lakers News: LA Wise to Bring in LaQuinton Ross, DeAndre Kane for Summer League

The Los Angeles Lakers entered the 2014 NBA draft with a win-now mentality despite a lackluster season in 2013.

That fact was clearly evident when the team selected Kentucky standout Julius Randle with the No. 7 overall selection and traded for the rights of Missouri's Jordan Clarkson at No. 46 overall.

Both of those players have the capability of earning plenty of time on the court during their rookie seasons.

The Lakers weren't done.

On Friday morning, Los Angeles added a couple of very capable prospects to its summer-league team in Las Vegas.

First, Adam Zagoria of tweeted former Iowa State guard DeAndre Kane would be heading to Las Vegas:

Kane is a bit mature for a rookie at 25 years of age; however, that works nicely for the Lakers.

Highly experienced, Kane spent three years playing with Marshall before leading the Cyclones to the 2014 NCAA tournament's Elite Eight. At 6'4" and 200 pounds, Kane has great size for a guard and is reliable in all phases of the game.

He averaged 17.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game last season while shooting 48.3 percent from the floor and 39.8 percent from downtown. A natural leader, Kane has what it takes to impress over the summer.

According to a tweet from Basketball Predictions, they seem to think Kane could have even helped the Lakers last season:

Here's a look at Kane's profile:

Shortly after Zagoria's report came a tweet from Bob Baptist of The Columbus Dispatch announcing the summer-league entry of former Ohio State forward LaQuinton Ross:

Ross has decent size for his position at 6'8" and 220 pounds; however, his length is even more impressive given his huge wingspan.

The 21-year-old's draft stock may have fallen slightly when he showed up at the draft combine well over his playing weight, bu...

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