The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to waive big man Jeremy Tyler so he can sign a deal overseas to play in China, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Tyler was a training camp invitee on a non-guranteed deal for Los Angeles. He will not suit up for the Lakers' preseason game against the Utah Jazz Sunday night.
The Lakers' frontcourt depth is already filled with Jordan Hill, Ed Davis and Robert Sacre at center while Carlos Boozer, Julius Randle and Ryan Kelly stand as the power forward trio, leaving little room for the team to work with a raw prospect like Tyler. Tyler was considered a long-shot prospect and training camp body after he averaged 3.6 points and 2.7 rebounds per game with the New York Knicks last season.
Tyler is the first training camp cut from Los Angeles, while Keith Appling, Jabari Brown, Roscoe Smith and Wayne Ellington remain on the roster. The Lakers are also expecting frontcourt player Kelly to return soon, though his preseason debut was delayed due to soreness in his right hamstring, minimizing the opportunity Tyler would have with the Lakers.