Los Angeles Lakers Continue Their Roster Cuts

Los Angeles Lakers Cut Two More Guys

10/23/12 in NBA   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

October 13, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Greg Somogyi (55) shoots a basket against the defense of Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIREThe Los Angeles Lakers have let two more guys go, to bring their roster to 16 men.

These two were not a huge surprise, since they got limited playing time in the preseason, and the decisions likely had to do partially with money.

Greg Somogyi was an undrafted rookie who the Lakers picked up because of his size. At 7'3”, he was the tallest guy on the team, but he wasn't athletic to keep up. The Lakers always have big men, but they're big, aggressive men. That's why Pau Gasol has shifted positions as he's gotten softer with age.

Somogyi played in three preseason games and had very dismal stats, averaging 1.7 points and 2.7 rebounds. He was also on a non-guaranteed contract with the Lakers.

The other player to get cut was Chris Douglas-Roberts who has played in the NBA for three years, on the Nets and Bucks. The shooting guard, despite his NBA experience, failed to impress with an average 4 points and less than one rebound and assist in four preseason games.

It's not clear whether he was guaranteed any money in his contract, but if so, it must not have been enough to make it worth keeping him.

The Lakers can carry 15 players, but as John Ireland pointed out on ESPN Radio, Mitch Kupchak usually likes to carry 14. This means two more players will probably go.

They still have a lot of point guards, but Darius Morris is guaranteed $500,000, per Ireland, whereas Goudelock is guaranteed nothing. It will be interesting to see what moves are made, and to see how much the money comes into play.

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