Reeves Nelson Rumors
Nelson signed with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League in March, but played just one game with the team. Options in America seemed to be running thin for Reeves, until the Philadelphia 76ers came along. In the D-League expansion draft, Nelson was one of 16 players selected by the newest Developmental League team, the Delaware 87ers. Mark MacGillivray of PEM360, who represents the California native, spoke to Liberty Ballers about how this all came about, as well as Nelson’s possible future with the 87ers. We were contacted by the 76ers about their interest in Reeves for the 87ers. That led to them taking Reeves out of the D-League pool and assigning him to the 87ers. Reeves is excited to be a part of a great organization like the 76ers and 87ers and is looking forward to proving what he can bring to the organization. At this time the interest from the 76ers is to have Reeves on the 87ers. There hasn’t been much conversation around what could happen other than that, except to say that like all teams the hope is to develop players in the D-League and help them get to the NBA.
The Lakers signed the former UC Santa Barbara player to a non-guaranteed contract Wednesday and extended an invitation to training camp as the team fills out the margins of its roster for practice purposes. Like former UCLA forward Reeves Nelson, whom the Lakers also signed as expected Wednesday, Somogyi is the longest of longshots to make the team. Somogyi went undrafted after averaging 3.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 12.2 minutes during his four seasons with the Gauchos.
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed rookie center Greg Somogyi and rookie forward Reeves Nelson, it was announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreements were not released. Somogyi, a 7-3 center out of UC Santa Barbara, played all four years for the Gauchos where he posted career averages of 3.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 12.2 minutes. Somogyi most recently played for the 2012 Lakers Summer League team where he averaged 1.2 points, 1.6 rebounds in 7.2 minutes.
Nelson would probably be considered a long shot to make the Lakers. But he considers the training camp invitation 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. “It’s nice because I’m pretty sure that virtually no one thought I could get this far, so it’s pretty gratifying.”
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, potentially worth about $700,000 with the team, Nelson told The Times on Tuesday.