The Los Angeles Lakers have waived undrafted prospect Jonathan Holmes, the team announced in a press release. This move brings the Lakers' roster down to 16 players, leaving one final cut before they are at the maximum allowed roster size. The Lakers will continue paying Holmes, however, while the former Texas Longhorn rehabilitates a dislocated right shoulder.
One player must go, and most anticipate it will come down to either Jabari Brown or Metta World Peace. World Peace has been an influential mentor on the roster, working closely with Julius Randle and adding another veteran into the fold to help guide the youth movement. Brown was a late call-up last season and showed signs he could develop into an off-the-bench three-point threat.
Byron Scott and the Lakers' young players have all said positive things about having established players to round out the roster, but Brown could continue developing into a role player to help them moving forward. There's also the possibility that Brown is cut, clears waivers, and finds his way back to the D-Fenders.
The Lakers could also move on from one of their other smaller, partially-guaranteed contracts like Robert Sacre or Tarik Black, but that seems unlikely at this point. The Lakers have also waived Michael Frazier II and Robert Upshaw along the way, closing in on the final 15 they will open the season with on Wednesday.