The Lakers made further trimmings to their training camp roster by waiving second-year guard Andrew Goudelock, the team announced Saturday.
The Lakers currently have the league maximum 15 players on their team, 13 of them with guaranteed contracts. The two without guaranteed deals include second-round draft picks Robert Sacre and Darius Johnson-Odom.
In a brief interview with The L.A. Daily News, Goudelock’s agent, Andrew Vye, said the Lakers explained their roster cut as both a numbers/salary issue. By declining to exercise Goudelock’s team option, the Lakers save $789,000 in both salary and luxury taxes.
Goudelock impressed the Lakers’ coaching staff his rookie season with his 37 percent mark from three-point range. But the Lakers felt weary of Goudelock’s unpolished game in several areas, including his ball handling, passing and defense. Through six preseason games. Goudelock averaged 3.8 points and 0.8 assists in 7.7 minutes.
Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak remained non-committal last week in an interview with The L.A. Daily News on which training camp roster players the Lakers will keep. All NBA teams must make final cuts by Tuesday, but Kupchak indicated Saturday would mark the last day to allow time for players to clear waivers. It’s presently unclear if this marks the Lakers’ last bit of roster cuts.
The Lakers have remained high on Sacre, whom the Lakers selected out of Gonzaga with the 60th overall draft pick. Sacre has started in six of the eight preseason games while Dwight Howard rehabbed from back surgery, averaging averaging 6.4 points on 51.4 percent shooting, 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in a game. Rookie guard Darius Johnson only appeared in four of the team’s preseason games because of a “coach’s decision.”
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