Lakers Rumors: The Los Angeles Lakers front office has apparently decided on the team’s 15-man roster heading into the 2016-17 season, per several reports.
On Wednesday, the team waived Zach Auguste, Travis Wear, and Julian Jacobs from its training camp roster, trimming down the roster to 17 players.
As of this writing, the following 14 players are guaranteed to make the roster:
1. D’Angelo Russell
2. Julius Randle
3. Jordan Clarkson
4. Brandon Ingram
5. Timofey Mozgov
6. Luol Deng
7. Nick Young
8. Lou Williams
9. Ivica Zubac
10. Anthony Brown
11. Jose Calderon
12. Marcelo Huertas
13. Larry Nance Jr.
14. Tarik Black
The 15th and final roster spot is reportedly a battle between Thomas Robinson, Metta World Peace and Yi Jianlian.
Lakers Rumors: Yi to make roster?
Most Lakers insiders expect Jianlian to get the final roster spot since the Chinese star has signed a creative contract that could allow the franchise to make a trade before the deadline.
According to Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders, several teams could decide to trade for Yi just as a salary dump measure.
“If Yi does not play in 20 games and is traded on Dec. 15, the Lakers would be able to bring back up to $12.1 million in salary. The incoming team could then waive Yi immediately at $341,737, shaving off $11.8 million off their cap,” explained Pincus.
There are plenty of teams that would love to shave off nearly $12 million off their books.
This is primarily the reason it makes sense for the Lakers to hold onto Yi and maybe package him as part of a trade down the road.
According to The Orange County Register, head coach Luke Walton met general manager Mitch Kupchak on Tuesday to decide on the final roster cuts.
Even though Yi hasn’t sen much playing time during the ongoing preseason, he clocked in decent minutes during Tuesday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
The 7-foot power forward is still adjusting to the speed of the NBA after exile from the league for four years.
The Lakers have until Oct. 24 to finalize on its roster and submit the same to the league office.
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