Lakers coach Byron Scott wants the club to sign Jabari Brown to another 10-day contract, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Brown’s first 10-day deal expires after the Lakers play the Jazz on Thursday. Scott plans to meet with GM Mitch Kupchak after the game to discuss Brown’s status. “Right now, I’d like to keep him for another 10 days and see how it goes,” Scott said to the team’s beat reporters. “I think he’s improved from what we had in the summer time to this time right now.”
Aiding Brown’s cause is that Nick Young remains sidelined for at least for another week because of a small fracture in his left knee. Brown, an undrafted rookie shooting guard out of Missouri, has averaged 7.0 points on 60% shooting from the field while playing in three games. Scott says Brown needs to be physical and attack the basket while improving his ballhandling and pick-and-roll defense to stay in the league, the story adds.
Brown was on the Lakers’ NBA roster during the preseason after signing a non-guaranteed training camp deal, but he played only nine minutes total during the preseason and failed to make it to opening night. Scott has given him a longer look since he signed the 10-day contract, as Brown has averaged 20.0 minutes per game. The Lakers retained his D-League rights after training camp and Brown earned his way into the NBA by averaging 24.4 points in 34.9 minutes per game for the L.A. D-Fenders.