The Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday cut down their roster two spots by releasing centers Dan Gadzuric and Eric Boateng, according to Eric Picnus of the LA Times.
With the move, Los Angeles now has 17 players under contract. Both Gadzuric and Boateng were seen as long shots to make the team’s opening day roster.
The league maximum for the regular season is 15 players under contract and teams must have a minimum of 13, which means the Lakers will waive at least two more players.
General manager Mitch Kupchak and head coach Mike D’Antoni both have stated this preseason that the team may consider carrying 14 or 15 players on their roster this upcoming season.
The team has 11 players under guaranteed contracts and six players with either partially-guaranteed or non-guaranteed deals.
Shawne Williams and Elias Harris both possess contracts that are $100,000 guaranteed, which gives them an advantage at making the Lakers’ regular season roster.
This may in turn put the competition for the last roster spots between Darius Johnson-Odom, Marcus Landry, Xavier Henry, and Ryan Kelly.
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Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He's also the Lakers beat writer for About.com. He's also currently a sports freelance writer for the Cheat Sheet. He also wrote about the Los Angeles Angels for Rant Sports, which covers all the majors sports. He's also a staff writer for the St. Louis Rams section of Talk Gridiron, which is a website dedicated to covering the NFL in its entirety. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90