EL SEGUNDO (Feb. 13, 2018) – The South Bay Lakers have acquired James Southerland and the returning player rights to Scott Wood from the Santa Cruz Warriors in exchange for their original first round pick in the 2018 NBA G League Draft, it was announced today by General Manager Nick Mazzella.
In 34 games (11 starts) with Santa Cruz this season, Southerland has posted averages of 10.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 27.4 minutes per game. The 6-foot-8 forward returns to South Bay having previously spent the 2013-14 season with the organization where he averaged 14.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 42 games (14 starts). Southerland received a Gatorade Call Up to the New Orleans Pelicans during his lone season with South Bay.
Wood spent the 2016-17 season with Santa Cruz, playing in all 50 games (49 starts) and posting averages of 14.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 30.2 minutes while shooting 43.0 percent from three-point range. The North Carolina State alum most recently played 18 games for Pinar Karsiyaka in Turkey, where he averaged 8.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 26.8 minutes.
About the South Bay Lakers:
The NBA G League’s South Bay Lakers, the first franchise in G League history to be owned by an NBA team (Los Angeles Lakers), returns for its 11th season of competition in 2017-18. The Lakers franchise has established itself as a top producer of NBA-ready talent, totaling 26 NBA Call-Ups and developing 21 Lakers assignment players since the inaugural 2006-07 season. The Lakers have claimed three division titles and have twice competed in the NBA G League Finals, most recently in 2015-16.