Lakers sign first-round pick Moritz Wagner

ByOhm Youngmisuk ESPN logo
Sunday, July 1, 2018

After a quiet first several hours in free agency, the Los Angeles Lakers signed first-round pick Moritz Wagner on Sunday afternoon.

Wagner, the 25th overall pick in June's draft, now cannot be included in any trade for 30 days as the Lakers continue to monitor the Kawhi Leonard trade front and any other potential deals that could help them clear cap space or land assets that could help acquire a superstar this offseason.

If the Lakers want to include Wagner in any trade, they can agree to a deal, but it cannot be made official until the 30 days are complete.

The Lakers will play their first game in the California Classic Summer League on Monday against the Sacramento Kings and would like to see Wagner play in that league and the ensuing Las Vegas Summer League. The 6-foot-11 Wagner should see a ton of playing time after the Lakers requested waivers on center Thomas Bryant before they had to guarantee his contract.

The Lakers also signed Kansas guard Malik Newman to a two-way contract on Sunday.