Lakers Rumors: Ater Majok Worth Low-Risk Flier for Los Angeles

It’s come to this for the Los Angeles Lakers and their fans.

After striking out on signing any game-changers like Carmelo Anthony in the offseason, the Lakers are reportedly interested in one of their former second-round draft picks from back in 2011 who never made it at the NBA level.

The craziest thing of all is that he would actually be worth the little risk that would come with signing him.

Shams Charania of RealGM passed along the latest on Ater Majok: “The Los Angeles Lakers have flown in center Ater Majok—their 58th overall draft pick in 2011—from China for a couple days of workouts with the team, league sources told RealGM.”

It may take some roster maneuvering to actually land Majok, since the Lakers are at the league maximum of 15 players, but Spotrac indicates the contracts of Ronnie Price and Wayne Ellington are both non-guaranteed.

Charania noted in the same report that Los Angeles is also interested in free agent Quincy Miller, but the Lakers were rewarded the disabled-player exception after so many injuries.

Considering the fact that the Lakers actually used a draft pick on Majok, there seems to have always been some level of interest there.

These comments from his agent Mike Lelchitski after the 2011 draft, via David Borges of The Middletown Press, confirm that: "The Lakers were extremely interested right off the bat. They had four second-round picks and they were looking for guys that could develop down the line."

Majok has played professionally across the world, including stops in Germany, Korea, Slovakia and Belarus. He also played in the NBA’s summer league for the Lakers in 2012.

The 27-year-old only played one season at Connecticut before leaving school. He appeared in 26 games but was a late arrival in 2009-10 and became eligible in December.

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