Marcelo Huertas set to sign one-year deal with Los Angeles Lakers

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The Los Angeles Lakers, having missed out on a number of NBA free agency targets this offseason, appear to have moved their focus to Europe.


This after reports last night suggested the famous franchise is set to announce a one-year deal for Spanish guard Marcelo Huertas.

Huertas, 32, has most recently been playing in the Spanish basketball league with Barcelona and has gained huge experience on the international stage with Brazil.


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The signing would be another step towards balancing a Lakers roster that includes a number of young talents alongside veterans such as Kobe Bryant, Roy Hibbert and Lou Williams.

Indeed, Huertas could be a valuable option for Byron Scott to call on early in the 2015-16 season as 2015's number two overall pick D'Angelo Russell looks to transition into the NBA.

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Huertas actually played high school basketball in the Unites States, turning out for Coppell High School in Texas, but has made a name for himself in Europe.

The veteran guard has 11 years in the continent's top leagues and has been named to two All-ACB teams, in 2008 and 2011.

An 87 percent shooter of free throws, Huertas averaged 7.4 points and just under five assists in his most recent campaign with Barcelona - helping the team to the Euroleague Final Four for the third straight season.

Having not played in the NBA at all during his extensive career, the signing does come with risk. But a one-year deal for such an experienced player could yet prove a master stroke from the Lakers are they look to rebuild.

Lakers fans: Do you think your team is capable of reaching the playoffs next season? Have your say in the comments below...

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