Lakers expected to retain players with non-guaranteed contracts

The Lakers are expected to retain all four players signed to nonguaranteed contracts, including Xavier Henry ($916,099), Shawne Williams ($1.1 million), Ryan Kelly ($490,180) and Kendall Marshall ($547,570). With their contracts becoming guaranteed on Jan. 10, the Lakers would have to waive them by today so they have time to clear NBA waivers should they change their minds.

The Lakers value those players for different reasons, including Henry’s athleticism, Williams’ floor-spacing. Kelly’s shooting and Marshall remaining the only healthy point guard. It helps they’re relatively inexpensive, too.

“I think they’ve all played well,” D’Antoni said.


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