DeAndre Kane wasn't selected in Thursday's NBA Draft — most likely the result of concerns of his age (25) — but by Friday morning had smartly accepted an invitation with the Los Angeles Lakers in their summer league.
The Lakers fit the 6-foot-4 Kane, a point guard who can also play off the ball, for a couple reasons:
The chief concern regarding Kane leading up to the draft no longer matters. At this point, he'll be looking to secure any sort of contract and his age shouldn't be a factor — even if he managed to sign a four-year contract (unlikely), it'd take him to age 29, which isn't far off from what many consider to be a player's peak (27). Teams were hesitant to spend a first-round pick on Kane. It's a four-year deal; with that investment, most franchises would like to extend the contracts of their first-round picks, if the player is successful. You're then envisioning a scenario in which you can be committed (officially and unofficially) to Kane until his 33rd birthday and, with a surplus of youth and international stash-ability in the latter half of the first round, that doesn't really sound all that great.
Once the first 45 or so picks were counted off Thursday, it became mildly ridiculous the stat sheet-stuffing Kane was still on the board, but compare where he could have gone (47th to Philly? 59th to the Nets?) to where he'll start (a place with unbelievable roster freedom) and it feels like the night shook out pretty well for the former Cyclones star.