It was announced on Saturday by the Lakers that Andrew Goudelock had been waived by the team. Despite Goudelock having an impact on games last year during the regular season, he was benched heading into the playoffs and then had a poor Summer League campaign.
He didn’t get much time on the court during the preseason; when head coach Mike Brown did play him, it was mostly at the point guard position where the Lakers are very deep and Andrew struggled.
The Lakers put the cut down to a “numbers/salary issue” which is understandable. I think Goudelock has talent – and shooters are always needed – so hopefully he’ll find a home somewhere else.
But, what does this mean for Robert Sacre and Darius Johnson-Odom? They’re the last two guys on the roster without a guaranteed contract. Are they safe? Here’s what Ramona Shelburne had to say:
Final rosters are due Monday at 5 p.m. Eastern time, however Saturday is somewhat of an unofficial deadline as it takes 48 hours for a player to clear waivers. A player who is waived after Saturday, would be due a small pro-rated portion of his salary.
Since they have to pay both of the rookies from now on, I’d say that both make the team, but probably not with guaranteed contracts: deals don’t have to become fully guaranteed until January 10th, 2013, so it may be worth the Lakers holding onto both of them for now, even if they just play in the D-League.
While Sacre was thought to be a lock for a roster spot for a while now, Johnson-Odom’s fate has been more unclear. It was reported earlier in the week that he could be waived, and if so, he could join a team in Ukraine. If DJO – or his agent – have a feeling that he’ll be cut not-so-far down the line, would he rather leave now and join the Ukrainian team? Possibly.
It’s unclear to see how the Lakers feel about Johnson-Odom; they paid about $500,000 for him on draft night – and Shelburne has noted that the Lakers are high on him – yet he only saw a total of 13 minutes court time during the preseason.
If the Lakers think an open roster spot – possibly for use in a trade or to sign a free agent – is more valuable than DJO playing for the D-Fenders, Darius will likely be cut.
Then again, they like his defense and athleticism – and he’s made it this far – so who knows at this point.