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Lakers Not Expected To Sign Another Player After Williams Release Reviewed by Momizat on . Before the deadline on Jan. 10, the The Los Angeles Lakers decided to waive forward Shawne Williams in order to avoid having his deal guaranteed for the rest of Before the deadline on Jan. 10, the The Los Angeles Lakers decided to waive forward Shawne Williams in order to avoid having his deal guaranteed for the rest of Rating: 0
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Lakers Not Expected To Sign Another Player After Williams Release

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Before the deadline on Jan. 10, the The Los Angeles Lakers decided to waive forward Shawne Williams in order to avoid having his deal guaranteed for the rest of the season.

The move to waive one of the four players with non-guaranteed contracts wasn’t all that surprising considering the team’s desire to save money. Although there’s been talk of the team bringing in Hedo Turkoglu, it appears they have no intention of filling the open roster spot unless another player goes down with an injury according to Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times via Twitter:


With the Lakers dealing with injuries to Kobe Bryant (knee), Steve Nash (back), Steve Blake (elbow), Jordan Farmar (hamstring) and Xavier Henry (knee), the team is extremely thin in the backcourt with only Jodie Meeks, Nick Young and Kendall Marshall shouldering the load.

Although the team appears to be sticking by the stance that they won’t be signing another player unless another injury occurs, it wouldn’t be all that surprising to see the Lakers bring in a player like Turkoglu for the insurance in the backcourt.
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  • LakersHeatBeef

    Who the hell cares if the Lakers someone or not?This season is a wash so far.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Who cares if the Lakers sign someone or not?Season is a wash.Come on now.

  • Jim213

    All that’s left is a possible trade before deadline and 10 day contracts for FO.

  • Daryl Peek

    This was a given. Luxury tax saving mode has been the theme all season. Kendall Marshall was emergency protocol. Trades are still on the table but they will have to make financial sense. Save all the “we need this or that guy, this FO is so stupid” dissent. Money matters…

  • Gregory Choa

    Umm, how exactly does “a player like Turkoglu” provide “insurance in the backcourt”?

    • Jeff Tol

      Turokglu is a small forward/stretch 4 by size, but he is also a facilitator and can play a point forward position to give Meeks, Marshall, and Young help with handling the ball.

      • Gregory Choa

        …will have to agree to disagree on that one… Was actually hoping the Lakers would sign Leandro Barbosa to a 10-day contract, but it looks like the Suns beat us to that!

        • Jeff Tol

          Nothing to agree or disagree on. I was just giving you some insight to the question you asked.It looks like the Lakers are going to stay with a 14 man roster and wait for the injured ones to come back. Having that open roster spot gives a little insurance in case one of the healthy guards we have now gets injured too.

          • Gregory Choa

            …you mean one of our two healthy guards? (LOL) Listen, I remember Turkoglu very well – the dude is a shell of the player he once was and I seriously question his ability to effectively play “point forward” in D’Antoni’s system at this stage in his career…with all due respect…
            Yes, I do agree that the open spot allows for not just the possibility of a 10-day contract to be doled out as a stop-gap measure until our other (key) four guards come back, but also in the event that Pau somehow actually does get traded prior to the Feb. deadline for more than one player.

  • Johnny

    Anybody else think Buss’s might be getting ready to sell the Lakers? What are they doing?

    • Jeff Tol

      Nope…just you. The Lakers are trying to save as much money as they can so they can build the best team possible in the off season.

      • nlruizjr

        this waive doesn’t make sense, first the Lakers are thin in depth and what was Williams contract, I hardly believe they were paying him a massive contract, so if a few million is going to hurt LA, then they are in worst shape than they are admitting. I’m not a S. Williams fan but he was still helping, defensively and some rebounds, especially when Dumbtoni isn’t playing Kaman, I have to start questioning the FO, do they really know what they are doing ?

        • Jeff Tol

          Waiving Williams actually does make sense. He was brought in as a stretch 4 and was only making 37% 3 pointers. Out of the non guaranteed contracts they could have waived, Young and Henry have earned their contracts and Kelly has more potential than Williams. Plus, they are only thin at guard. When you factor in luxary tax penalty, Williams was going to cost about $4 million to keep because of luxary tax penalties. It wouldn’t make sense to spend that much on a player they don’t really need.

  • roseducanna

    William is good starter of lame duck coach , why you (Mr.KUP) release him?

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