Lakers Have Option to Keep Kelly
The Lakers have until June 30 to decide if they'll make 2013-14 rookie Ryan Kelly a restricted free agent.
Kelly is coming off a season in which he performed above typical standards for a 48th pick in the Draft despite missing summer league and much of training camp recovering from a broken foot. He got his season going with a successful five-game stint with the L.A. D-Fenders of the D-League in late November and early December. Kelly posted averages of 25.2 points, 7.6 boards, 3.8 assists and 1.6 steals in those starts, before becoming a consistent member of the Lakers' rotation from Christmas Day - when he played 17 minutes vs. Miami - on.
If the Lakers make Kelly a restricted free agent, they'd have the first right to match any contract offered to him by another team to keep him in purple and gold. If the Lakers re-sign Kelly, they could decide whether or not they want him to play with their Summer League squad in Las Vegas alongside the player selected with the No. 7 pick in June 26th's Draft.
Kelly ended up starting 25 games for L.A. on the season, typically as a stretch power forward, though he also spent some time at small forward. The four-year Duke product finished ninth among all rookies in minutes (22.8), seventh in points (8.0), 11th in rebounds (3.7), seventh in field-goal percentage (42.3), fifth in three-point field goal percentage (33.8) and third in free-throw percentage (81.5).
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