Despite playing for the Lakers for barely a month, Wienen Gabriel made such an impression on the team that he was awarded a long-term contract. On Friday, the Lakers announced that they have signed Gabriel to an NBA standard contract with Athletic’s Shams Charania, reporting it is a two-year deal with the team’s option for 2022-23.
Sources said Wenen Gabriel has signed a two-year contract with the Lakers, with the team an option for the 2022-23 season. https://t.co/DvxG2mZqmI
Shams Charania April 8, 2022
Because of the technical aspects, this deal is barely two years old. The first “year” of the decade will include the last two games of the Lakers’ regular season with the team’s sophomore year selected for the next season. It is the same contract that Stanley Johnson signed in January of this year as both players will have team options next season.
Gabriel played only 17 games for the Lakers, the first of those to return on March 3. Initially signed on a two-way deal, Gabriel spent his entire time with the Lakers and eventually played his way into a bigger role with the team.
Having played just over five minutes during the team’s first five games, Gabriel eventually played his way into the starting role. Over the last 11 games, Gabriel has started four times averaging 16.7 minutes per game while scoring 6.5 points per game on 56.9% shooting.
Gabriel’s influence on the Lakers was a testament to his level of talent as well as to the terrible nation the Lakers were in. While Gabriel is a talented player definitely deserving of an NBA contract, he immediately got into the Lakers and achieved huge success with a somewhat detrimental effect on the status of the Lakers roster.
None of this is Gabriel’s fault, and the Lakers at least appear to have a good start on the producing bench for next season, should they pick team options over Gabriel and Johnson. At the very least, it will be a much smaller seat than the team had to start this season.
This also unlocks a two-way contract that the team can use during the last two games of the regular season, or you have as an option to sign a young player either for the South Bay Lakers or not or an undrafted rookie this summer. we will.
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