With the regular season opener right around the corner, the Los Angeles Lakers waived second-year guard Andrew Goudelock as they continue to whittle their roster down to the league-mandated 15 players.
Goudelock, a 2011 second-round pick (46th overall) out of the College of Charleston, appeared in 40 games for the Lakers during his rookie season. During that time, he averaged 4.4 points, 0.5 assists and 0.8 rebounds in 10.5 minutes per game. He also added a spark from beyond the three-point line, shooting 37.3 percent from three, but was inconsistent and unreliable at times.
Throughout the 2012 preseason, Goudelock was a non-factor in six appearances. The combo guard managed only 3.8 points and 0.8 assists in 7.7 minutes per game.
Considering the crowded backcourt of the Lakers, Goudelock was facing long odds to make the final roster from the get-go. Especially with his lack of refined point-guard skills and defensive susceptibility, there was little hope for him to beat out the handful of veteran guards ahead of him on the depth chart.
If Goudelock clears waivers, it’s likely that the Lakers could re-sign him and stash him with the D-Fenders, their D-League team. There’s also a good chance that another team could pick him up, though, seeing the intriguing potential that he brings as a scorer and penetrator. At worst, Goudelock could find some success as an overseas standout.
With this latest severance, the Lakers’ roster has been lowered to the maximum 15 players allowed in the regular season. The team, however, is expected to let one more go so that they have an extra roster spot available so that they can make another signing without having to swallow someone’s contract.
Goudelock was an easy player to root for considering his small-school stature and terrific energy, but being a fan favorite doesn’t always end in a roster spot.