Roscoe Smith

Lakers waive Jeremy Tyler, who’s China-bound

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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.