Lakers turn down chance to sign Jeter

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No, it's not that Jeter, don't get ahead of yourself. The Los Angeles Lakers have actually turned down the chance to sign Eugene 'Pooh' Jeter.

A point guard who has played most of his career in Europe, Jeter started off his journey at the University of Portland before being undrafted in 2006. Jeter spent one year playing in the D-League for the Colorado 14ers.

Journey Man

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After spells in Ukraine with BC Kyiv, Menorca Basquet in the Balearics, in Spain with Baloncesto Málaga and Hapoel Jerusalem in Israel before finally being given a National Basketball Association contract four years after not being taken in the draft, by the Sacramento Kings.

Jeter didn't disgrace himself in the NBA by any stretch of the imagination. Purely utilised as a backup with very limited minutes, Jeter appeared in 62 games - starting one - and averaged 4.1 points per game to go along with 2.6 assists, and 1.1 rebounds in 13.8 minutes per contest.

Backup Option

Jeter, who most recently has been playing in China, would not have been a saviour for the embattled team by any stretch of the imagination, but he would be worthy of an NBA roster spot in the past and would likely be a solid depth addition for the Lakers.

LA currently boast Steve Nash and Jeremy Lin as their point guard options right now, but with Nash really only playing for the money and with his well-documented injury problems, the Lakers will be looking to bring in a safety net at the one guard.

Back to China

But it won't be Jeter, who has either turned down the chance or more likely the Lakers have rejected him.

“I was a native of Los Angeles who grew as Lakers’ fan and so I’m very honored to receive their invitation," Jeter said in a statement. "I will train in L.A. for two weeks, but I’ll play in Shandong also because I have a contract with them”.

Jeter represented Ukraine at the recent FIBA World Cup, where he ended the tournament in Spain with 15.4 points and 5 assists per game.

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