In a somewhat shocking turn of events, it was announced today that the final roster cut was Anthony Brown.
OFFICIAL: Lakers Waive Anthony Brown
The roster now stands at 15. https://t.co/0KXNyQYrvX
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 24, 2016
The second year guard out of Stanford was the final player to be let go. After it was announced late Sunday night that Yi Jianlian requested to be released, it was speculated that Metta World Peace would be the final cut, allowing Thomas Robinson to fill the 15th man role. In a sad turn of events, it was Anthony Brown that was released and not Metta World Peace.
Lakers waive Anthony Brown, retain Thomas Robinson & Metta World Peace https://t.co/ggwh4JFYTl
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) October 24, 2016
The question is why did Metta World Peace make the roster and Anthony Brown get cut? It comes down to roster flexibility. Metta has a non-guaranteed contract that makes him expendable throughout the year. This may now be used to make room for a possible move to grab Gary Payton II or RJ Hunter. Both players were released by their respective teams today. Essentially since Metta is just an empty roster spot rather than an actual player on the team.
What about Anthony Brown?
For me personally this was a disappointment since I really liked the idea of Anthony Brown. He still has the potential to be a solid “3 and D” player. However, in order to be that, you have to actually make your threes. It’s clear with the lack of playing time in the preseason that he wasn’t practicing well either. With the resurgence of Nick Young, especially on the defensive side, Brown really was deemed expendable.
The good news is that this will give Brown the opportunity to go to the D-League affiliate and play significant minutes for the D-Fenders. This will allow him the playing time to get his shot figured out. As a 15th man on the Lakers he was never going to be able to get that. This plays into the Metta roster flexibility. If Brown can rediscover his shot, then we will certainly see him in purple and gold at some point this season. As much as it is sad to hear. This could work out great for both parties in the long run.
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