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Rookie Elias Harris working diligently with Lakers' coaching staff

Recently signed Lakers rookie Elias Harris is spending off-season time with the  coaching staff to improve his game before training camp.

"We see Elias almost every day, and he's talking all the nuances of what (assistant coach) Dan D'Antoni is teaching him," said Mark Madsen to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com.

Harris is working to make "his shot a more balanced and consistent shot," according to Madsen. "His driving game is something he's spending a lot of time with (player development coach) Larry Lewis on."

Madsen called Harris a "hard worker" both on the court and in the weight room.

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The hope is that Harris can develop into an NBA three who can spend time guarding some twos and fours.

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"There's no question in my mind that he can be a defensive stopper," said Madsen.

Harris' contract of $490,180 for the coming season isn't fully guaranteed, but he has a strong chance to make the team's opening-night roster.

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