Los Angeles Lakers Make Their First Roster Cuts

Lakers Make Necessary Roster Cuts

10/21/12 in NBA   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

Oct 16, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Reeves Nelson (91) reacts during the game against Utah Jazz at the Honda Center. The Jazz defeated the Lakers 114-80.  Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIREThe Los Angeles Lakers have started whittling down their roster and the first to go were Ronnie Aguilar and Reeves Nelson.

While Aguilar had a feel-good story, he didn't have the same effect on the court. In four preseason appearances, the 7'1” center averaged under one point and one rebound in 7.8 minutes.

If they're looking for someone to back up Dwight Howard, he's clearly not the answer and they had to let him go. At his size though, he may find another home elsewhere in the NBA.

Reeves Nelson was the other player who was booted. He was an interesting pickup from the start, considering the Sports Illustrated article that was written about UCLA and highlighted some of Nelson's alleged unsavory activities. These included fighting with teammates, hurting them, and peeing on their clothes.

Nelson sued the writer, and in the same week he was cut, Nelson's defamation allegations were deemed unfounded by the court and the case was thrown out.

As for his on-court performance, he grabbed four rebounds and got 1.3 points in 11 minutes of three preseason games. That's nothing to write home about, so it's no surprise that he got cut. He'll likely go back overseas to play.

Right now the Lakers have 18 players, but can only carry 15. Those three may go down to the D-league though, rather than get cut, if the Lakers think they can groom them. That was the case with Darius Morris last season.

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