Lakers Sign Vladimir Radmanovic
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., July 13 -- The Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent forward Vladimir Radmanovic, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.
“Signing a player who can stretch the court was a top priority for our team going into this off-season and with Vladimir, we feel we’ve accomplished that goal and added an important new dimension to our team ,” said Kupchak. “In addition to his strong outside shooting, Vladimir has the ability to get to the basket off the dribble, he’s an underrated rebounder and continues to improve his inside game. At age 25, he is a tremendous talent who is still developing and will continue to improve his game.”
Radmanovic, a 6’10” forward out of Serbia and Montenegro, is averaging 10.1 points and 4.6 rebounds through five NBA seasons in addition to having accumulated 576 career three-point field goals. Originally selected by the Seattle Sonics with the 12th overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft, Radmanovic was acquired by the Los Angeles Clippers for the final 30 games of the 2005-06 season, posting averages of 10.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and a .418 three-point field goal percentage.
Ranked seventh on the Sonics all-time three-point field goals made list after having played in only 320 games with Seattle, the 25-year-old veteran of three NBA postseasons also holds the Lakers all-time opponent record for three pointers made with eight back on January 25, 2005.
A participant in the 2005 Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout contest at the 2005 NBA All-Star Weekend in Denver, Radmanovic was also a member of the 2004 Serbia-Montenegro Olympic Team for whom he averaged 10.6 points over a five-game span in Athens. Named to the 2001-02 NBA All-Rookie Second Team, Radmanovic posted his career-high in points a season later with 29 points 1/25/03 at Memphis.
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