After waiving Shawne Williams yesterday, the Lakers don’t intend to fill that 15th roster spot anytime soon, in spite all of the team’s backcourt injuries, writes Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. That plan could change if another player goes down, but for now shedding Williams’ salary will simply cut costs a little for the club. Bresnahan adds that Hedo Turkoglu doesn’t look like an option for the Lakers, who feel as if the forward’s skills have declined.
Here’s more from around the Pacific:
- Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report defends the Lakers‘ decision not to trade Pau Gasol to the Cavs in a deal for Andrew Bynum, arguing that L.A. doesn’t have an urgent need to get out of the tax this season, since the team will almost certainly avoid the repeater penalty by dipping below the tax line in 2014/15 and 2015/16.
- For now at least, the Clippers have cooled on the idea of pursuing Sasha Vujacic, according to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times.
- Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic describes the relief and excitement experienced by Dionte Christmas when he found out yesterday that the Suns would be guaranteeing his contract for the full 2013/14 season.
- Ryan Lillis of the Sacramento Bee has the latest details on the city of Sacramento’s efforts to secure a vital parcel of land for the development of a new Kings arena.