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    Lakers officially sign guard Gabe Vincent, center Jaxson Hayes
    • July 6, 2023

    The Lakers made their first official free-agency moves Thursday, announcing the signings of guard Gabe Vincent and center Jaxson Hayes.

    The team didn’t disclose the terms of the deals, but sources confirmed to the Southern California News Group that Vincent agreed to a three-year, $33 million contract after free agency started Friday during the moratorium period.

    Hayes’ deal is for two years with a player option for the 2024-25 season, a source added, giving Hayes the option to become a free agent again next offseason.

    Most free agents who agreed to deals since last week weren’t able to sign their new contracts until Thursday at 9:01 a.m. PT after the moratorium period ended.

    Vincent is coming off a strong postseason with Miami during its run to the NBA Finals. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder averaged 9.4 points while shooting 33.4% from 3-point range in 68 regular-season games, then scored 12.7 points per game and shot 37.8% from behind the arc in the postseason.

    Vincent joined the Heat on a two-way contract in 2019-20 after going undrafted out of UC Santa Barbara in 2018 before he signed a standard deal for $3.48 million across two seasons with Miami in August 2021. He was a key part of the rotation the previous couple of seasons before stepping into the starting role in place of an injured Kyle Lowry in 2022-23 – a role he held onto for the final 29 regular-season games and playoffs.

    The 6-foot-11 Hayes has averaged 7.5 points and 4 rebounds in 16.8 minutes (241 games) with the New Orleans Pelicans (2019-23) since being the No. 8 pick in the 2019 draft.

    He’s coming off a season in which he averaged 5 points and 2.8 rebounds in 13 minutes as a reserve.

    His 2023-24 salary is expected to be about $2.2 million – the veteran’s minimum for a player with his NBA experience (four seasons going into his fifth).

    ​ Orange County Register