Zimmerman signed a partially-guaranteed training camp deal with the Lakers on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Zimmerman, who played in only 19 games for the Magic during the 2016-17 season, was waived by the team in early July after they were seemingly disappointed by his Orlando Summer League performances. He saw just 108 total minutes last year, recording 23 points, 35 rebounds, five blocks, four assists and two steals while shooting an abysmal 32.3 percent from the field. The 7-footer is seemingly a longshot to make the Lakers' final roster considering the team's impressive center depth of Brook Lopez and Ivica Zubac, but it's possible he'll end up with the Lakers' G-League affiliate when things are said and done.
Zimmerman was waived by the Magic on Tuesday, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports. Zimmerman played in just 19 games for the Magic during the 2016-17 campaign, averaging 1.2 points and 1.8 rebounds across 5.7 minutes. After taking part in the Orlando Summer League over the last week, the Magic didn't like the progress they saw with the seven-foot big man, so he'll head to the open free agent market with Tuesday's release. He'll likely latch on elsewhere prior to training camp, but he's not a lock to make a final roster.
Zimmerman (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in a 113-105 loss to the Knicks on Monday. It was thought that Zimmerman might pick up some expanded run while Nikola Vucevic (Achilles) has missed the last two contests, but after playing only five minutes Sunday against the Wizards, the rookie dropped out of the rotation entirely for the second half of the back-to-back set. Zimmerman can be ignored in most deeper formats until he starts seeing meaningful playing time.
Zimmerman was recalled from the D-League on Monday. The UNLV product hasn't made an impact at the NBA level this season, but he's fared well in the D-League, posting averages of 13.4 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 21 games.
Zimmerman is averaging 13.1 points (on 45.7% shooting), 9.1 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 1.1 steals in 29.4 minutes per game over 16 appearances with the D-League's Erie BayHawks this season. Since he hadn't been a rotation player for the Magic the first couple months of the season, Zimmerman has spent all of January in the D-League picking up regular run. He's been one of the top performers on the Erie roster, but it's unlikely to change his standing as the low man on the depth chart at center once he eventually rejoins the Magic.
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