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Shawne Williams
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The Lakers waived forward Shawne Williams Tuesday, according a Lakers press release.

Williams averaged 5.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per game this season for the Lakers. Considered a stretch four in coach Mike D’Antoni’s system, Williams failed to live up to that billing, shooting just 32% from beyond the arc.

Williams was the last non-guaranteed contract on the roster and had to be waived by today’s 5:00 PM EST deadline, or else his contract would become guaranteed for the rest of the season. According to multiple recent reports, the Lakers have been looking to get below the luxury tax threshold this season–which would explain this cost-cutting move.

The Lakers’ roster now stands at 14 players, leaving one spot open for possible future moves.

Below is the press release from the Lakers regarding Shawne Williams.

http://www.nba.com/lakers/releases/140107shawnewilliams_waived

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Credit: Getty Images
Credit: Getty Images

Still battling the upper respiratory infection that kept him out versus the Golden State Warriors last week, Pau Gasol will not travel with the team today as the Lakers prepare for their Friday night matchup versus the Utah Jazz.

It is unknown whether Gasol will play as he is listed as day-to-day, but at the very least will not be with the team when they land in Utah later this evening.

It’s disappointing news for the Lakers as they look to snap a three game losing streak. ¬†Battling an array of injuries and inconsistent play, the purple and gold are 4-8 in December. ¬†We’ll have more news on Gasol’s status for tomorrow as we receive it.

 

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