The Los Angeles Lakers made a lot of big moves this offseason. General Manager Rob Pelinka signed a group of talented players. Montrezl Harrell, Dennis Schroder, Marc Gasol, Wesley Matthews… Well, some players had to go. The Lakers decided to waive three players.
Zavier Simpson, Kevon Harris, and Tres Tinkle are no longer part of the team. The Lakers waived these three right before the start of the regular season.
LA Lakers waive three players for a reason
The most recent moves popped on the NBA’s official transaction page. All three players were on Exhibit 10 deals. They didn’t join the Lakers in training camp, and LA was shorthanded in the first two games of the preseason.
Teams sign a player to an Exhibit 10 contract which is a one-year minimum deal. There’s bi compensation protection. But, there’s an incentive for players to ink with the G-League team. This bonus goes from $5,000 to $50,000. Players receive the money afer they spend 60 days with the G-League team.
However, COVID-19 changed everything. There’s still no update on the G-League season. The bubble topic was brought up again. The South Bay Lakers are part of the group of teams that are out when it comes to this setup. This group also includes the Celtics (Maine Red Claws), Heat (Sioux Falls Skyforce) and Pistons (Grand Rapids Drive). There was no summer league, and undrafted free agents had hard time finding a home.
Truth is, LA didn’t really announce the signing of these players. However, Simpson, Harris, and Tinkle were confirmed in some form.
Simpson played at Michigan, averaging 12.9 points and 7.9 assists per 33 minutes of game. Harris spent four years with Stephen F. Austin, and averaged 17.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in his senior season. The talented player was a great shooter beyond the arc, going at a 41.3 percent clip. Tinkle is a three-time first-team All-Pac-12 pick with Oregon State. He was averaging 18.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game.
Vogel addresses shorthanded team
Lakers head coach Frank Vogel talked about the shorthanded team in the preseason.
“We don’t have our Exhibit 10 guys,” he said Dec. 6. “We’re very much more shorthanded than we would have been this time last year, and we’ve just got to make the best of it. This is what everybody league-wide is encountering, and we’re adapting, and we’re going to make the best of it.”
Radmila graduated with a degree in Translation & Interpreting. She is an NBA and NFL writer for The Ball Zone, and has been covering popular sports topics for several years. A loyal Lakers fan, she puts energy into reporting big roster moves, potential trades, on-court-accomplishments, and off-court rumors.