Former Syracuse basketball star Tyler Ennis signed a one-year contract for league minimum to return to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. The deal includes a second year team option according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.
Lakers have agreed to a one-year minimum contract with Tyler Ennis. Team option on Year 2, per league source.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 25, 2017
Under the current CBA, the veteran minimum for a player with three years of service time is $1.5 million.
Ennis played 22 games for the Lakers to end last season, and he finally made some headway in the NBA. In those 22 contests, he averaged 7.7 points, 2.4 assists and 1.0 3-pointers while shooting 45.1 percent overall.
As a freshman at Syracuse in 2013-14, Ennis was a star. He tallied 12.9 points, 5.5 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 0.9 3-pointers while playing 35.7 minutes per game as a first-year player and helped lead the Orange to a 25-0 record to begin the season.
But Syracuse stumbled down the stretch, losing in its first matchup of the ACC Tournament and to Dayton in the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament. Then Ennis left early for the NBA draft, too early in the mind of Orange coach Jim Boeheim.
Based on how the beginning of his professional career has gone, Boeheim’s initial evaluation appears to be right. In the first three seasons of his career, Ennis has bounced back and forth between the NBA and D-League (now G-League). He’s also played in four different organizations. Prior to joining the Lakers, the 22-year-old was averaging only 3.5 points per game in his NBA career.