The Lakers made what mark their last round of roster cuts, waiving training camp invitees Jabari Brown and Roscoe Smith.
The Lakers currently have 15 players on their roster heading into their season opener on Tuesday against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center. That marks the maximum number of players NBA teams can field during the regular season.
It remains to be seen if the Lakers will make any more cuts. Lakers guard Steve Nash remains on the roster because of a guaranteed $9.8 million contract despite the team sidelining him for the 2014-15 season because of persisting nerve irritation in his back. So the Lakers hoped to create a roster vacancy elsewhere since they will apply for the disabled players exception, which would allow them either to sign a free agent or trade for a player for $4.85 million.
Yet, the Lakers may not cut training camp invitee Wayne Ellington considering his current concussion would mean they would have to pay his full salary. Lakers veteran guard Ronnie Price seems assured of a roster spot to maximize the tema’s point guard depth, but he suffered a right knee injury in the Lakers’ preseason loss on Friday to Sacramento in Las Vegas.
Brown and Smith were both undrafted rookies that landed an invite to the training camp roster on September 23. Brown posted a total of five points, two rebounds and an assist in 22 minutes through four preseason games. Smith averaged 3.1 points on 45 percent shooting and 3.1 rebounds and appeared in seven of the Lakers’ eight exhibition games.
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