Kelly earns qualifying offer from Lakers

After being selected with the 48th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, former Blue Devil Ryan Kelly played his rookie season in Los Angeles with an eye on earning a second contract. This week the combo forward realized that goal.

According to multiple reports, the Los Angeles Lakers have given former Duke forward Ryan Kelly a $1-million qualifying offer, making Kelly a restricted free agent.

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.

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