Gabriel, 25, is 6-foot-9 and signed a two-way deal back on March 1. He has played well since, proving to be an efficient young role player and averaging 5.7 points and 3.8 rebounds in 17 games with LA.
The Lakers waived small forward Trevor Ariza on Thursday, opening a roster spot. Given that LeBron James will miss the final two games, the Lakers had a need for a forward and this may serve as Gabriel’s shot to audition for next season.
Gabriel went undrafted out of Kentucky in 2019 and has bounced around a little since then. Along with the Lakers, he has also spent time with the Clippers, Nets, Pelicans, Trail Blazers and Kings.
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