Kelly was selected with the 48th overall pick in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft.
He began his rookie season fighting a foot injury that robbed him of several games during his senior season in Durham, but once he recovered the 6-foot-11 Raleigh native was one of the more productive rookies in the NBA. Kelly averaged 8.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game following the All-Star break.
By making a qualifying offer, the Lakers will sign Kelly for $1M should no other team offer Kelly a contract. If another team does make an offer to Kelly, then Los Angeles will have the right to match or to allow him to walk.