With the preseason almost over, the Los Angeles Lakers continued whittling their roster down towards the 15-player limit on Monday when they waived Chris Douglas-Roberts and Greg Somogyi.
Douglas-Roberts, a three-year NBA veteran who has spent time with the then-New Jersey Nets and Milwaukee Bucks, was expected to push for a roster spot as a backup shooting guard. However, in four preseason performances, Douglas-Roberts averaged only 4.0 points, 0.8 rebounds and 0.3 assists in 8.3 minutes. His minutes dropped towards the end of his preseason tenure with the Lakers, which signaled his departure.
Somogyi, an undrafted rookie out of UC Santa Barbara, brings more size and physicality than potential and upside. That was the 7’3’’ center’s ultimate downfall, as he showed limited productivity and effectiveness despite his towering stature. In three preseason games with the Lakers, Somogyi averaged 1.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 0.3 blocks in 7.7 minutes. Although his massive frame is tempting to hold onto, the Lakers needed a dependable backup big man and that’s why Somogyi got the ax instead of 2012 second-round pick Robert Sacre.
With these two latest releases, the Lakers roster has been trimmed down to 16 bodies. The purple and gold must release only one more player before the start of the regular season, which begins on October 30 against the Dallas Mavericks.
Despite the fact that the Lakers have failed to muster a win during their six exhibition games, their starting five – which includes an apparently-healthy Dwight Howard – has turned the buzz up to deafening levels in Los Angeles.