The Los Angeles Lakers have officially signed undrafted free agent Elias Harris. The Lakers signed the former Gonzaga forward to a two-year, minimum-salary contract. Harris, who went undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft, impressed the team with his play in Las Vegas as part of the Lakers’ summer league squad. At 6-foot-8 and 240 pounds, Harris brings size to the Lakers’ depleted frontcourt.
In Harris’ last season at Gonzaga, he averaged 14.6 points and 7.4 rebounds on 50 percent shooting. For the Lakers’ summer league squad, Harris was equally as impressive. Harris averaged 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest, helping them win three out of four games.
For the Lakers, Harris has the opportunity to earn a job on the bench at the small and/or power forward spots. At 6-foot-8, Harris has shown the versatility to play both positions. With the departure of Devin Ebanks and Earl Clark, expect Harris to be given solid minutes throughout the season.
If Harris can provide the toughness and grit he showed at Gonzaga, expect him to be a main contributor in the Lakers’ rotation in 2013. Harris’ ability to play multiple positions gave him an advantage over his summer league teammates, thus earning a spot on the Lakers’ roster in 2013.
Harris can definitely surprise in 2013. His natural basketball instincts helped him win consistently at Gonzaga, and hopefully for the Lakers it carries over.