The Lakers continue to trim down their roster with only 8 days left until the start of the regular season. Today, the team had waived forward Chris Douglas-Roberts and rookie center Greg Somogyi bringing the total roster to 16 players.
Douglas-Roberts was the New Jersey Nets’ 40th pick in the 2008 NBA draft and spent 3 years in the league before playing for Italy’s Virtus Bologna last season. Chris was signed by the Lakers on media day and quickly made an impression on Kobe Bryant. In the 4 games he played in pre-season, Douglas-Roberts averaged 4 points and 0.8 rebounds in 8 minutes.
Somogyi was a camp invitee after playing for the Lakers during summer league in Las Vegas. In 3 exhibition games, the 7’3″, 242-pounder out of UC Santa Barbara averaged 1.7 points, 2.7 boards and 0.3 blocks in 7 minutes.
The subtraction of Douglas-Roberts and Somogyi came 2 days after the waiving of former Bruin Reeves Nelson and ex-Cal-State Dominguez Hills center Ronnie Aguilar.
Only Robert Sacre and Darius Johnson-Odom are left to battle it out for the final NBA-mandated 15th spot on the roster. Seeing that Sacre has gotten way more minutes than Johnson-Odom and has gotten the praise of nearly everyone in the organization, it’s a good guess that he’ll win that spot.