Free agent center Stephen Zimmerman will sign a partially-guaranteed deal to join the Los Angeles Lakers training camp prior to the start of the season, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
The 20-year-old big man could be a sneaky pick to crack the roster, giving the team a third seven-footer if he manages to edge Thomas Bryant for the last center spot in the depth chart after Brook Lopez and Ivica Zubac.
Zimmerman only played 19 games with the Orlando Magic last season, spending the rest of his time with the Erie Bayhawks of the G-League, for which he averaged 13.9 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game in a whisker under 30 minutes per outing.
He is an athletic 7-footer that can run the floor — a must-have trait to play alongside Lonzo Ball — and can finish comfortably with either hand on the block.
While he has limited NBA experience, he can make up for it with his youth and willingness to go after it, challenging shots at the defensive end. The lefty UNLV star will get a chance to put his work on display at the start of training camp and battle Bryant for a purple-and-gold uniform come October.