P.J. Dozier didn’t hear his name called on Thursday night in the 2017 NBA Draft. But he’ll still get a shot at playing in the league.
Per Chris Haynes of ESPN, Dozier agreed to a free-agent deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers took two other guards in the first round, picking UCLA’s Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 pick and Josh Hart of Villanova with the No. 30 pick.
Undrafted rookie P.J. Dozier out of South Carolina has agreed to a free-agent deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources tell ESPN.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 23, 2017
There are a number of recent examples of guys who went undrafted but went on to find success in the NBA, from Wes Matthews to Yogi Ferrell.
Dozier averaged 13.9 points per game last year and 4.8 rebounds. Shooting was a big concern for Dozier, as he made just 40 percent of his shots and less than 30 percent of his 3-point attempts last season.
He will join his South Carolina teammate, Sindarius Thornwell, in Los Angeles. Thornwell was taken with the No. 48 pick in the draft by the Milwaukee Bucks and then had his rights traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.