UPDATE (August 13, 2015 at 10:24 AM PST): According to the Lakers official Twitter account, Los Angeles has signed Jonathan Holmes to a multi-year contract:
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) August 13, 2015
There have been rumors floating around about the Los Angeles Lakers being interested in adding another player to their roster this summer. It appears they are on the verge of doing so, but not with a veteran free agent as expected.
According to Sham Charania of RealGM.com, the Lakers have agreed to terms with Jonathan Holmes:
Undrafted Texas forward Jonathan Holmes has reached agreement on a deal with the Lakers, league source tells RealGM. Significant partial.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 8, 2015
With the addition of Holmes, the Lakers roster stands at 16 players. Only 13 players can be active during the season with a maximum of 15 players allowed on the roster.
This makes things interesting for fellow undrafted rookie Robert Upshaw. The troubled center reportedly was on the verge of a signing a multiyear deal with the Lakers earlier this summer, but a finalized deal has yet to come to fruition.
Adding Holmes into the mix creates a battle for the final spot on the official roster for Los Angeles. Upshaw will need to prove his worth during the upcoming NBA preseason in October to earn a spot on the squad. Other players may be added leading up to training camp.
As for Holmes, the Texas product averaged 9.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in his four years as a Longhorn. In his senior year, Holmes put up 10.3 points and grabbed 6.1 rebounds on a nightly basis while shooting a dismal 38.9 percent from the floor.