The Lakers have signed first round draft picks D’Angelo Russell and Larry Nance Jr. to rookie scale deals, the team announced. Both players were inked in advance of their Summer League debuts this evening.
Russell, the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft, will likely receive a salary of more than $5.103MM this season and a total of approximately $23.017MM over the course of his four-year contract, as our salary chart for 2015 first-rounders shows. These figures presume he’ll get 120% of the scale amount, which is highly likely. The 19-year-old out of Ohio State appeared in 35 contests for the Buckeyes, averaging 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 5.0 assists, with a shooting line of .449/.411/.756.
It was a bit of a surprise that Los Angeles selected Nance with the No. 27 overall pick this year. The forward has a solid NBA body and a high motor, but there were a number of higher rated players still available when Nance came off the board. The 22-year-old will likely earn $1,155,600 in the first year of the deal, and if he also inks an agreement for 120% of the rookie scale amount, he can expect to pull down $5,895,311 over the course of his pact. Nance averaged 16.1 PPG, 7.2 RPG, and 2.5 APG for Wyoming last season, with a slash line of .514/.333/.786.