Former UCLA forward Reeves Nelson will be invited to the Lakers training camp that begins in early October after he signs a one-year non-guaranteed contract worth about 700,000 with the team, which he plans to sign this week, Nelson told The Times on Tuesday.
Nelson still has to go through training camp and could be cut from the team afterward, but he considers this step to be a blessing, particularly because he was dismissed from UCLA in December of 2011, largely for his disruptive attitude.
"I'm very grateful," Nelson said in an interview. "It's nice becasue I'm pretty sure that virtually no one thought I could get this far, so it's pretty gratifying."
Nelson played for the Lakers' summer league team in Las Vegas but didn't see much action until the last two of the team's five games there.
In those games, Nelson averaged 4 points and 5.3 rebounds, and in the final game against the Clippers he had his best performance with seven points and 11 rebounds in 28 minutes.
"I didn't ...