The Lakers began trimming their roster on Wednesday, waiving Travis Wear and rookies Julian Jacobs and Zach Auguste.
The Lakers’ roster now stands at 17 players as they prepare to head to Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon. All three players could wind up on the Lakers’ developmental league team, the D-Fenders.
“Honestly I’d like to see all three of them there,” Lakers Coach Luke Walton said. “That’s probably all going to be determined by what kind of overseas contracts they can get offered or what other teams are interested, but I’d love to see all three of them in our organization.”
Wear, a Mater Dei High School alumnus, spent his college career at North Carolina and then UCLA. As an NBA rookie, he played in 51 games for the New York Knicks during the 2014-15 season. Last season, Wear played in Spain.
Jacobs signed with the Lakers after going undrafted out of USC. The Las Vegas native averaged 8.9 points per game during his three college seasons.
August played four seasons at Notre Dame and was on the Lakers’ Summer League team this year. There, he averaged 5.3 points and four rebounds in 15.7 minutes per game.
“It’s not fun,” Walton said. “These guys have been here with us before the season even started, giving us everything they had. They brought a lot to our team so far with what they’re trying to do and how hard they worked and pushed guys. It wasn’t easy, but it is what it is in this business. We gotta get down to 15. We thanked them and gave them our critiques and it went as well as it could go.” [/restrict]