Perhaps the Lakers will add yet another former Arizona Wildcat this offseason?
Former UA center Dusan Ristic is scheduled to work out with L.A. on Tuesday, May 29, the team announced.
The 7-footer will be joined by Saint Bonaventure’s Jaylen Adams, Syracuse’s Tyus Battle, Virginia’s Devon Hall, UCLA’s Thomas Welsh, and BC Yytautas’s LiAngelo Ball.
Of course, Ball is the younger brother of Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball (and son of outspoken basketball dad LaVar Ball), so this workout group is generating lots of buzz in the media.
For Ristic, this will be (at least) his second workout with an NBA team. He was scheduled to audition for the Sacramento Kings on Friday.
The Lakers have picks Nos. 25 and 47, though Ristic is expected to go undrafted, so he would be a potential Summer League candidate for L.A.
Ristic will see plenty of familiar faces when he works out for the Lakers. They have former Wildcats Luke Walton, Miles Simon, and Jud Buechler on their coaching staff.
Ristic averaged a career-high 12.2 points and 6.9 rebounds as a senior, and one thing he can do to help himself earn an NBA roster spot is showcase his shooting ability.
While the big man didn’t take a whole lot of 3s in college — he was 14-for-30 in four seasons — he showed he is more than capable of hitting shots from the perimeter.
And in today’s NBA, that is a crucial skill for any big man to have.
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