The Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent forward Travis Wear, the franchise has formally announced. However, the financial terms of the newly inked pact have not yet been disclosed.
Wear, who played his collegiate basketball at both UCLA and the North Carolina, went undrafted in 2014. He played for the Atlanta Hawks during Summer League, but ultimately ended up signing with the New York Knicks as a free agent. It appeared like Wear was a long shot to make the Knicks’ roster, but a spot opened up after the team traded Travis Outlaw.
The 27-year-old went on to make the club and play in 51 games during the 2014-15 campaign, averaging 3.9 points and 2.1 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per game while shooting 40.2 percent from the floor, 36.7 percent from three-point range and 76.9 percent from the free-throw line. Wear did not return to the Knicks the following season, instead playing over in Spain with RETAbet.es GBC of the Liga ABC.
Then, in September 2016, Wear signed with the Lakers, but was waived the following month after playing in just two preseason games. He then landed with Los Angeles’ D-League — now G-League — affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders. He also played with the Lakers’ Summer League squad this past offseason, averaging 7.9 points and 3.9 boards per game as Los Angeles won the Summer League Championship.
The Lakers have missed the playoffs four years in a row, the longest drought in the history of the franchise. Los Angeles will open the regular season next Thursday against the rival Los Angeles Clippers at 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time.