Lakers Release Shawne Williams

January 7 at 12:54pm CDT By Luke Adams

The Lakers have waived Shawne Williams, a league source tells Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports (Twitter link). The move opens up a spot on the team’s roster, reducing it to 14 players.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles suggested yesterday that, of the Lakers’ four non-guaranteed players, Williams looked like the only real candidate to be cut loose. The 27-year-old had appeared in 32 games for the Lakers, starting 11 of them, but had seen his role reduced as of late. He averaged 5.2 PPG and 4.5 RPG in 20.2 minutes per contest for the season.

With no 15th man on board now, the Lakers could use the available roster spot to bring Williams back on a 10-day deal, or to pursue another free agent, such as Hedo Turkoglu. It doesn’t appear that the club will be opening up any additional spots on the roster, as Kendall Marshall, Ryan Kelly, and Xavier Henry all look like good bets to have their contracts guaranteed.

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