The Scoop: He logged 35 minutes in a start at PF vs. the Thunder on Thursday and it wouldn't be surprising to see him re-signed, though L.A. may wait until their next game on Wednesday or until the Feb. 20 deadline to maximize their roster flexibility.
Shawne Williams played 35 minutes and had 15 points, nine boards, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers against the Thunder on Thursday.
The Scoop:He started out hot with 13 points in the second half and the Lakers really counted on him tonight. Williams fizzled out back in the 2013 part of the season and he's far from a reliable asset, but it's not a bad idea to pick him up and see what happens in deeper leagues.
Shawne Williams started over Ryan Kelly on Tuesday and hit 4-of-8 shots and two 3-pointers for 11 points, six rebounds and two blocks in a loss to the Jazz.
The Scoop:Kelly had just three points in 18 minutes, but it's hard to say who Mike D'Antoni will start from night to night. If Williams happens to keep the job, he might be worth a pick up. But as of now, he's just another Laker no-name who had a decent night on Tuesday.
Mike D'Antoni will send out a new starting lineup with Shawne Williams at PF for Tuesday's game vs. the Jazz.
The Scoop:Williams has started 11 games this season and the results have been unimpressive, with averages of 4.5 points on 38.8 percent shooting, 4.9 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game. He may chip in a few 3-pointers and blocks but there's too much risk to use him in 12-team leagues.
The Scoop:Kelly was averaging 11.5 points, 1.2 threes and 4.4 rebounds in 28 minutes per game as a starter. He should get solid playing time with the second unit, and the Lakers' bench scores 41.8 points per game (second only to the Spurs), but he was already losing minutes to Williams and a dip in his production should be anticipated.
The Scoop:L.A. waived him in early January but they're dusting him off with Jodie Meeks (ankle) and Nick Young (knee) joining the parade of injured Lakers players. Williams even started 11 games earlier this season, but overall he averaged just 5.2 points on 37.7 percent shooting, 4.5 rebounds and 0.8 blocks.
A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.
C : Bleacher Report . Four years after his last NBA appearance as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers, Ricky Davis is sweating it out in Reno, Nev., at the D-League Showcase with the Erie BayHawks, hoping to make enough of an impression on somebody, anybody, who can grant him re-entry to the NBA and give him a chance to re-write the ending of his pro hoops career at age 34. Howard Beck's story on the famously mercurial shooting guard's quest for one last shot is worth a read.
PF : Forum Blue and Gold . A really good read from Dave Murphy on the Los Angeles Lakers' recent decision to waive forward Shawne Williams, a blip-on-the-radar rotation player whose veteran minimum contract was close to being guaranteed. It's the kind of thing that makes perfect sense under the existing collective bargaining agreement, but that doesn't keep it from being kind of sad: "For the NBA’s lowest-paid players, parity often means a trip to the unemployment line [...] The Lakers are still a family business but it somehow doesn’t feel like family anymore."
SF : SB Nation . Ricky O'Donnell on how the same problems that have plagued Josh Smith throughout his career are threatening to give the Detroit Pistons a bad case of free-agent buyer's remorse just six months into a four-year, $54 million contract.
DALLAS (AP) -- The Los Angeles Lakers have waived forward Shawne Williams.
The Scoop: None.
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