The Lakers have waived Jonathan Holmes, the team announced. The combo forward from Texas has a $100K partial guarantee, but, providing he clears waivers, the Lakers would have to continuing paying him until he’s healthy enough to play after he suffered a dislocated right shoulder during Monday’s preseason game. The partial guarantee covers roughly about a month’s worth of regular season games, and the shoulder will be immobilized for two weeks, as Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times noted this week. The move leaves the Lakers with 16 players, including 12 with fully guaranteed deals.
Marcelo Huertas, one of the Lakers without a full guarantee, has “pretty much” nailed down a regular season roster spot, coach Byron Scott said this week, according to Baxter Holmes of ESPNLosAngeles.com (Twitter link). Tarik Black, also on a non-guaranteed deal, started 39 games last season and is the primary backup center for the Lakers, so it would appear as though the 15th opening night spot will go to either Metta World Peace or Jabari Brown, presuming the Lakers carry 15 players to start the season, as most teams do.
Holmes went undrafted in June and was on the Celtics summer league team before the Lakers signed him in August. He saw action in only two preseason games, scoring four points and grabbing six rebounds in about 15 total minutes.
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