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Los Angeles Lakers Media Day

Lakers waive Jeremy Tyler, who’s China-bound


In addition to 13 players with guaranteed contracts, the Lakers had six players with unguaranteed contracts.

One of them, Ronnie Price, has the endorsements of Kobe Bryant and Byron Scott and seems likely to make the team (despite throwing a shoe at Andre Iguodala).

That still left one roster spot available between Jeremy Tyler, Wayne Ellington, Keith Appling, Jabari Brown and Roscoe Smith.

It’s not going to Tyler.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

The Knicks planned to waive Tyler this summer, but they traded him to the Kings, who cut him. Tyler – who famously left high school after his junior year to turn pro – clearly needs a lot of work to become NBA-ready. At 23, he won’t get back into the league based on potential. He must prove he can produce at this level.

For the Lakers this season, it’s probably Ellington or bust. He’s played 26.8 minutes per game in the preseason, second on the team only to Price. It seems the Lakers are trying to determine whether keeping those players outweighs the flexibility of an open roster spot.

My guess is the Lakers keep both into regular season.

Quincy Acy starting for Knicks as power forward? Looks like it’s happening.

New York Knicks Media Day

The Knicks have Amare Stoudemire, but he is still on a minutes restriction and really hasn’t been the most impressive Knick player this preseason.

The Knicks have Andrea Bargnani, but he has a strained hamstring. Plus, he’s Andrea Bargnani.

That opened the door for Quincy Acy and he — and his enormous beard — pushed through it, being one of the most energetic and defensive-minded Knicks in the preseason. Acy has started the past three Knicks preseason games and appears to have earned himself the starting spot when the season tips off in less than two weeks, reports Marc Berman at the New York Post.

“No I didn’t plan on coming here to start,’’ Acy told The Post with a chuckle. “I planned on coming here and playing hard to earn minutes. I guess I impressed enough with my defense to earn a spot. I don’t know what coach got going if I’m starting or coming off the bench or not playing, but I’ll be happy.’’

“I think that separates myself — just high energy,’’ Acy said. “Not a lot of guys in the league do the things I do. I take pride in it and take pride in my defense and take some pride in being a great overall teammate.’’

To quote a line I got from David Thorpe: Energy is a skill.

That has been the key — this feels a lot like how Kenneth Faried ended up a starter and key piece for Team USA at the World Cup. Injuries and defections opened the door for Faried, but his energy and rebounding turned out to be just what that team needed for glue and some inspiration.

Acy is bringing that to the Knicks this preseason — he goes all out every second he’s on the court. It’s not exactly something the Knicks have been known for in recent years. The Knicks traded for Acy this summer in a deal that was really more about dumping Wayne Ellington’s contract. Acy was seen as a slightly more efficient scorer than Jeremy Tyler plus a guy who busts it every time on the court.

But Acy has earned his way into the starting lineup (with Jose Calderon, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony and Samuel Dalembert). Personally I think Bargnani is better coming off the bench (insert your own joke here about coming off the bench in Italy next season if you want). It will be a matchup thing, at times Bargnani and Stoudemire will be a better fit.

Energy always fits, however. That’s what Acy can bring — and the Knicks fans will appreciate it.

Jeremy Tyler, acquired from Knicks, to be waived by Kings

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The Kings trading for Wayne Ellington and Jeremy Tyler was purely about salary-cap management.

Ellington has already been stretched, and Tyler – whose minimum salary is fully unguaranteed until Sept. 15 – will soon be cut, too.

Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee:

Keith Schlosse of TheKnicksBlog:

A source informs TheKnicksBlog.com and SNY.tv that New York would have in fact waived Tyler themselves when the time came if he hadn’t been dealt to Sacramento instead.

Dropping Tyler will bring the Kings to 15 players, including Omri Casspi, who has yet to officially sign but will. That list also includes three undrafted players Sacramento signed to small or no guarantees – shot-blocker Eric Moreland, 7-foot-5 Sim Bhullar and speedy guard Deonte Burton.

The Kings could still waive any or all of those three and add veterans, but there’s room to compete for a roster spot. Maybe Sacramento finally realizes trying to win now in the loaded Western Conference is futile, and a little rebuilding – like trying to unearth a diamond in the rough – is the best course.