Friday, October 22, 2010

Lakers Waive Johnson and Naymick

The Los Angeles Lakers have requested waivers on guard Trey Johnson and center Andrew Naymick, it was announced today.

Johnson, a 6-6 guard out of Jackson State, has split time over the past three seasons with the NBA Development League's Bakersfield Jam and international teams in France, Italy and Serbia. A 2008-09 D-League All-Star and All-D-League Second Team member, in February of 2009, Johnson signed a 10-day NBA contract with Cleveland, appearing in four games for the Cavaliers (1.0 points, 0.3 rebounds, 3.5 minutes). Beginning last season with BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral in the French League, Johnson later re-signed with Bakersfield in March, averaging 21.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 13 games with the Jam. Johnson, who appeared in five preseason games with the Lakers, averaged 2.8 points and 1.2 assists in 8.8 minutes.

Naymick, a 6-10 center out of Michigan State, has played professionally the last two seasons in Europe as a member of SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg in Poland and Caceres 2016 C.B. in Spain. In 38 games last season with Caceres 2016 C.B., Naymick averaged 8.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.89 blocks in 25.7 minutes. In two preseason games with the Lakers, Naymick pulled down two rebounds in 16 minutes of play.

The Lakers preseason roster now stands at 14.


This actually might be a good thing for the Lakers with having just 14 players on the roster now. NBA Commissioner David Stern is on a stern mission to avoid a possible lockout next summer by cutting between $750 million and $800 million out of all NBA players' future salaries. Ouch! Players, it's time to downgrade from your Bentley to a Sentry. 

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