L.A. Times: The Lakers and their 2007 second-round draft pick Sun Yue agreed to terms on a contract, the team announced.
Lakers spokesman John Black said today that the deal could be formally signed within the next few days.
Last season, Yue played with Aoshen, a Beijing club team, and with the Chinese national team.
On Sunday, Yue will play alongside Houston Rockets center Yao Ming for the Chinese team against the United States and Kobe Bryant in the Olympic opener in Beijing.
The 6-foot-9 Yue has traditionally played point guard, but Black said the Lakers would primarily use him as a shooting guard.
“For us, he probably would play more at the two-guard simply because that’s a less crowded spot for us,” Black said. “The only two-guards we have are Kobe Bryant and Sasha Vujacic. Even though his most natural position is point guard, we’re a little crowded there.”
Black said Yue’s height could allow him to play small forward, but Yue would be facing a crowded position there as well.
The Lakers have yet to sign their lone selection from this year’s draft, Kentucky guard Joe Crawford, a second-round pick. Black said the team planned to sign Crawford before training camp.
Black said the Lakers had not decided whether they would pick up a team option on guard Coby Karl for the 2008-09 season.