The Los Angeles Lakers signed two players from the NBA G League on Monday morning as seven current players remain in the league’s health and safety protocols.
First, the Lakers signed 6’5″ forward Jemerrio Jones, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Jones has played 11 games for the Wisconsin Herd (the Milwaukee Bucks’ G League affiliate) this season, averaging 6.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals per game. He’s shot 52.5 percent from the field, though he’s not a three-point shooting threat.
Jones played six games for the Lakers in 2017-18, including two starts. He grabbed 49 rebounds over that stint, including 16 in one game.
Following the addition of Isaiah Thomas, Jones will mark the eighth former Lakers player to re-join the franchise this season. Because teams are only limited to two two-way players, the Lakers will be forced to cut either Chaundee Brown Jr. or Jay Huff.
Like Thomas—who has shined in his two games with the Lakers (32 total points)—Jemerrio Jones will be signed to a 10-day deal via the hardship exception, which allows teams to add players without waiving others if the roster is severely depleted by ailments.
Minutes later, Shams reported that the Lakers will also sign Mason Jones to a two-way contract. The 6’4″ guard has been one of the best players for the team’s G League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers, this season. He has helped lead the squad to the best record in the West Division and a spot in the Winter Showcase semifinals.
Mason Jones has put up 17.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 7.1 assists, and 1.1 steals in 12 games while hitting over 41 percent of his three-point attempts.
Considering the lack of available bodies at the moment, don’t be shocked to see both guys see the floor in the coming days.