It’s not just Andrew Bynum who will likely be waived within the coming hours (we still don’t know which team will have the honor of waiving him, though).
The Los Angeles Lakers have four players on their roster with non-guarnteed contracts that will become guaranteed if they’re not waived by 5:00 PM EST on Tuesday. Those players are Ryan Kelly, Xavier Henry, Kendall Marshall and Shawne Williams.
Seeing as the Lakers are out of healthy point guards, it seems like Marshall is now a lock to stay on the roster – that and the fact he dished out 15 assists in his first start as a Laker and then followed that performance up with 17 assists in the next game – and it would appear that the surprising Xavier Henry will hang onto his roster spot, as well as promising rookie Ryan Kelly who has earned consistent minutes in recent weeks.
So that leaves Shawne Williams.
Williams has been in and out of the starting lineup all season long – though that’s no surprise seeing as the starting five seems to change on a nightly basis – but has still been able to stay in the rotation. However, last night Williams played just 11 minutes after playing 17 the game before that.
While Williams hasn’t been overly amazing from three-point range this season (32 percent), ESPN Los Angeles’ Ramona Shelburne notes that even though he’s the most likely out of the non-guaranteed guys to be waived, she still sees it as an “unlikely” move at this time:
However, Shelburne also notes that the Lakers’ final roster decision will come down to how the Pau Gasol-for-Andrew Bynum talks progress on Monday:
As it stands, the Lakers would have to waive or trade at least one player in order to pull off a deal involving Gasol with the Cleveland Cavaliers seeing as the Cavs would have to send at least one other player to L.A. along with Bynum in order for the deal to work salary-wise.