Same city, different team: Radmanovic signs with Lakers
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Lakers found a sweet-
shooting big man to capitalize off double teams on Kobe Bryant, as the
club agreed to a contract with former Clippers forward Vladimir Radmanovic on
Thursday. Terms of the contract were not released.
“Signing a player who can stretch the court was a top priority for our team
going into the offseason and with Vladimir, we feel we’ve accomplished that
goal and added an important dimension to our team,” said Lakers general
manager Mitch Kupchak. “In addition to his strong outside shooting, Vladimir
has the ability to get to the basket off the dribble, he’s an underrated
rebounder and continues to improve his inside game.”
Radmanovic averaged 9.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game for Seattle and the
Clippers last season, while making 39 percent of his shots from beyond the
arc. The long-distance game is Radmanovic’s speciality, as the big man shot 42
percent from three-point range during the 2001-02 campaign with the Sonics.
In five NBA seasons, Radmanovic has totaled 10.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per
contest with 576 career three-pointers.
In other team news, Kupchak kept his North Carolina connection alive by
signing former Tar Heel guard Shammond Williams to a contract. A six-year NBA
veteran, Williams has averaged 6.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 295