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Lakers sign Jason Kapono to one-year deal

December 9, 2011 |  6:58 pm


While the Lakers continue pursuing New Orleans guard Chris Paul, they added some pieces to their roster.

They signed free-agent forward Jason Kapono to a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum. Considering he's shot 43.7% from three-point range, the addition should immediately help the Lakers' outside shooting.

They signed rookie guards Darius Morris to an undisclosed deal. Morris, whom the Lakers drafted 41st overall out of the University of Michigan, led the Big Ten last season in assists, but his 25% mark from three-point range prompted him to spend most of his summer fixing his footwork, form and follow through. Morris had also become a fixture at the Lakers' practice facility this past week during voluntary workouts.

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The Lakers also signed Andrew Goudelock to a two-year deal, according to his agent, Austin Walton. He said Goudelock will make the rookie minimum his first season, followed with a team option his second season. Goudelock, whom the Lakers drafted with their 46th pick, hadn't arrived to training camp until Thursday because he was at College of Charleston to finish his degree. His strong marksmanship from three-point range has led the Lakers to believe he can bolster the team's outside shooting.

"It was a good first day," Walton said. "He's starting get down the playbook. With or without the Chris Paul trade, I think he was going to sign. He's probably going to get more playing time at the 2-guard than the 1 anyway."

Meanwhile, the Lakers also signed some D-League players, That included Chris Daniels after the Erie Bayhawks picked him ninth overall in the 2011 NBA Development League Draft and two D-Fender players, forward Zach Andrews and guard Elijah Millsap.


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Photo: Veteran forward Jason Kapono makes an entry pass to the post during his time with the Toronto Raptors. Credit: Lynne Sladky / Associated Press