Lakers News: Wizards Sign Center From LA’s G-League Affiliate in South Bay

He didn’t get much run with LA proper.

7’1″ big man Jay Huff is departing your South Bay Lakers, LA’s G League affiliate club in El Segundo, for a promotion elsewhere.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Washington Wizards are inking Huff to a two-way deal. Huff will now be toggled between the Wiz and their NBAGL affiliate, the Capital City Go-Go.

Huff was initially inked to a two-way deal for the Lakers during the 2021-22 season. He essentially made four cameo appearances for the Lakers last year, spending the vast majority of his two-way tenure with South Bay.

The 24-year-old out of Virginia has made a much bigger impact thanks to an expanded role in the G League, as indeed any decent pro prospect should. Across 19 games for South Bay this season (all starts) as a purely G League player (the Lakers’ two-way slots this season are occupied by point guard Scotty Pippen Jr. and power forward Cole Swider), he has averaged 14. points on .636/.400/.793 shooting splits, 7.9 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 1.5 dimes a night.

Huff signed a training camp contract with the Wizards when he went undrafted in 2021, but ultimately latched on with the Lakers instead. The Wizards elevated 6’3″ point guard Jordan Goodwin onto their 15-man standard roster. Washington also just cut 6’9″ center Vernon Carey Jr. today, meaning the team could still add a second two-way player this year.

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