Lakers Sign D-Fenders Players Elijah Millsap & Zach Andrews
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Zach Andrews and guard Elijah Millsap, it was announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released. Both players had been playing with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League.
Andrews, who made the Los Angeles D-Fenders’ roster earlier this year as an NBA Development League local tryout player, has averaged 11.1 points (.603 FG%) and 8.9 rebounds in eight games (all starts) for the D-Fenders this season.
Following his senior year at Bradley, Andrews, who helped the Braves to the 2006 NCAA Sweet 16 as a junior, traveled abroad to play internationally. Playing professionally in Spain, Bosnia, Turkey and Japan, the Sacramento, CA native has earned All-League Second Team or Honorable Mention honors in each of his professional seasons overseas.
Millsap, who was acquired by the Los Angeles D-Fenders in a trade with the Tulsa 66ers earlier this year, has averaged a team-high 23.2 points (.510 FG%, .526 3FG%), 7.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 3.50 steals in six NBA Development League games since joining the club.
An early entry candidate for the 2010 NBA Draft after his junior season at Alabama-Birmingham, the younger brother of Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap was signed to the Oklahoma City Thunder’s training camp roster last season before being waived and allocated to Tulsa. In his rookie D-League season with the 66ers, Millsap averaged 15.2 points while being named to the All-Rookie Second Team.