Saturday, October 27, 2012

Lakers waive Andrew Goudelock

The Los Angeles Lakers waived second-year guard Andrew Goudelock on Saturday, trimming their roster to 15 players.

The former second-round pick from the College of Charleston became something of a fan favorite last season, earning the nickname "Mini Mamba" from teammate Kobe Bryant for his ability to come off the bench and score quickly and in bunches. He averaged 4.4 points in 10.5 minutes a game in 40 games as a rookie.

But Goudelock became expendable when the Lakers acquired point guard Chris Duhon from Orlando in the trade that brought Dwight Howard to Los Angeles this summer. A bit undersized to play shooting guard, Lakers coach Mike Brown tried Goudelock as a point guard during the preseason. But with Duhon, Steve Blake and fellow second-year man Darius Morris ahead of him in the rotation, it was an uphill battle for him to earn a roster spot.

The Lakers have 13 players on guaranteed contracts. Only this year's second-round picks -- center Robert Sacre and guard Darius Johnson-Odom -- remain in camp. The organization has until Monday to decide whether to keep one or both of them.

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