LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Brazilian guard, Marcelo Huertas, according to an announcement made by General Manager Mitch Kupchak on Wednesday, September 9.
Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released, but Yahoo Sports previously reported that Huertas agreed to a one-year deal.
“Every player in the world has the desire to play in the best league and I’m no different than anybody else,” said Huertas. “I’ve always dreamed of playing in the NBA. I’ve built my career in Europe for the past 11 years and I think this was the right time.”
“Coming to the Lakers is something I can’t even explain,” he added.
Huertas, 32, was undrafted in 2005, but has had plenty of success playing overseas and internationally.
The 6 foot and 3 inch tall point guard, began his professional career in his home country for three seasons (2001-2004) before signing with Joventut of the Spanish ACB League, where he played four seasons (2004-2008), winning the 2006 FIBA Euro Cup.
After a short stint with Italy’s Fortitudo Bologna in 2008-09, Huertas, also known as “Marcelinho,” returned to the ACB League with Saski Baskonia from 2009-11, where he won the 2009-10 Spanish National Championship.
Before joining the Lakers this off-season, Huertas spent the past four years (2011-15) with Spanish power FC Barcelona, winning back-to-back Spanish National Championships in 2012 and 2013.
He also helped lead the Brazilian national team to the gold medal twice in the FIBA Americas tournament, and has participated in three FIBA World Cups and the 2012 London Olympics, where he led the squad with 6.0 assists per game in addition to 11.3 points, good for second-best on the roster.
Huertas averaged 7.6 points and 4.4 assists in 28 games last season with FC Barcelona.
The NBA rookie joins a deep Lakers backcourt, including Kobe Bryant, Nick Young, D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Lou Williams, Jabari Brown and Michael Frazier.
Huertas becomes the 17th player on the team’s roster, two more than the regular-season maximum. Teams can carry up to 20 players on their roster heading into training camp, which begins later this month in Hawaii for the Lakers.