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Zavier Simpson did no longer hear his title known as at some level of Wednesday's 2020 NBA draft.

However that does no longer point out teams did no longer possess any passion in him.

Michigan basketball's winningest participant is headed to the Los Angeles Lakers on an undrafted free-agent deal, in accordance to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

Simpson will doubtless be a part of the NBA's defending champion — and if he wins a roster predicament, will play alongside LeBron James.

Simpson left Ann Arbor as one in all the most decorated and productive avid gamers in program history, showing in 146 profession games with 96 starts. He helped lead the Wolverines to the national title game in 2018, and turned into perchance a truly noteworthy participant on the roster for the past two seasons. In 2019-20, he averaged 12.9 aspects, 7.9 assists and 4.5 rebounds, and turned into the maestro in the abet of Michigan's ball-conceal attack in Juwan Howard's first season as head coach.

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As with most undrafted free agents, Simpson faces an uphill fight to provide the Lakers' traditional-season roster. He'll possess to level he can salvage downhill against bigger, sooner and longer defenders, and his 3-level shooting — despite impressive performances in drills on the NBA G League Elite Camp Combine — remains a attach a question to of after shooting 31.4% from outside at some level of his school profession.

Los Angeles on the 2nd has two level guards — Quinn Cook dinner and Alex Caruso — below contract for the upcoming season, and has a deal in situation to find level guard Dennis Schröder. Free company starts Friday. And then, needless to state, there might maybe be the presence of James, who is the Lakers' most fundamental ball-handler and creator.

However, no longer much less than correct now, Simpson has his foot in the door.

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This article on the foundation appeared on Detroit Free Press: Zavier Simpson indicators with Lakers reportedly as undrafted free agent

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