Marcelo Huertas has agreed to sign for Los Angeles Lakers on a one-year-deal. The 32-year-old Brazilian featured for FC Barcelona since 2011, replacing Ricky Rubio.
Point guard Huertas established himself as one of the most accomplished play-makers of the Euroleague. The Lakers’ think-tank has taken a decision to hand over the starting point guard role to newcomer D’Angelo Russell. Now they have added free agent point guard Huertas as backup for Russell.
The Lakers will be expecting that the experienced 32-year-old Brazilian shall compliment the development of their Number 2 overall pick, D’Angelo Russell.
Huertas, too, faces the challenge of competing with superstar Kobe Bryant, Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams in the back court.
In his stint of 6 seasons in Spanish ACB with Barcelona, Huertas led Barca to three consecutive Euroleague final four appearances. The Brazilian averaged 7.4 points and nearly five assists for Barcelona in the last season.
Besides, Huertas is a career 87-percent free throw shooter. He is also a star performer for the Brazilian National Team as a point guard in the Olympics and FIBA American tournaments. Huertas averaged 11 points and five assists for Brazil in the 2012 London Olympic Games.
The Brazilian is a skilled passer and excellent in “pick-and-roll” situation. He is also capable of making three-pointers from well beyond the arc. The fact that the point guard is relatively unknown in American circuit would also favor the Lakers.