The Philadelphia 76ers today announced they have signed free agent forward Gani Lawal (GONN-ee luh-WALL). The Sixers preseason roster stands at 20 players.
Prior to signing with the Sixers, Lawal (6-9, 234) was a member of VEF Riga of the Latvian League and last season, he averaged 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks for Virtus Roma of the Italian League.
Lawal was originally an early entry candidate for the 2010 NBA Draft following his junior season at Georgia Tech and was selected with the 46th overall pick by Phoenix. He was on the Suns roster during the 2010-11 season and was also assigned to the NBA Development League.
A McDonald’s High School All-American, Lawal was twice named All-ACC Third Team while with the Yellow Jackets. The 24-year-old is also a member of Nigeria’s senior national team and competed in the 2013 FIBA Africa Championship.
In a related move, the Sixers have waived center Solomon Alabi.