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Lakers cut Jabari Brown and Roscoe Smith

The Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday cut rookies Jabari Brown and Roscoe Smith to reach the regular-season maximum of 15 players under contract.

Brown, who went undrafted out of Missouri, appeared in four preseason games where he played in just 22 minutes recording five points, two rebounds and an assist.

Smith, who went undrafted out of UNLV, played in seven preseason games averaging 3.1 points with 3.1 rebounds.

The Lakers are set to enter the season with a 15-man roster that currently includes four injured players in Nick Young (thumb) , Ryan Kelly (hamstring), Xavier Henry, and Steve Nash (back). Young is expected to be back within the first couple of weeks of the season.

There are no timetables for the returns of Henry and Kelly. This is not the case for Nash, as it was announced on Thursday that he will miss the entire 2014-15 season due to ongoing back issues.

In the light of those injuries, it appears that the Lakers have kept veteran guards Ronnie Price and Wayne Ellington on the regular season roster. Ellington struggled throughout the preseason averaging 7.2 points while shooting just 30 percent from the field, and a meager 20 percent from 3-point range. The 26-year-old suffered a concussion in the team’s final preseason game on Friday when he collided with Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore.

Price played major minutes in the preseason with Nash and Jeremy Lin injured at various points. In seven appearances, which included five starts, the 31-year-0ld averaged 7.0 and 4.7 assists in 25.6 minutes per game.

Price also suffered a right knee injury in Friday’s preseason finale, but could possible in line to be the starting point guard at season’s start next Tuesday if head coach Bryon Scott is in favor of bringing Lin off the bench.

Photo Credit: John Locher/ AP

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Bob Garcia IV

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 currently a sports freelance writer for Sports Uncut. He's also the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. 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.
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