Bryant didn’t see much playing time with the Lakers, but he was a force in the G League with the South Bay Lakers, averaging 19.7 points per game on an incredible 36.4 percent shooting from 3-point range. Bryant also contributed 7.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.5 blocks per game.
As a result, the 20-year-old was named to the All-NBA G League First Team as well as the G League All-Rookie First Team. He will now enter unrestricted free agency if he clears waivers.
The Lakers had until July 5 to waive Bryant, so it’s worth questioning why they decided to waive Bryant and his $1.37 million non-guaranteed salary on Saturday, especially when earlier in the day, it leaked that they would let Ivica Zubac’s contract become guaranteed for the the 2018-19 season.
While one of them was expected to be waived after the Lakers used their lone first-round pick to draft big man Moritz Wagner in the past draft, hardly anyone expected it to be Bryant, who flashed potential as a stretch five in his rookie season. Meanwhile, Zubac struggled to rediscover his rookie season form.
Unless a trade is in the works, this move is a little hard to understand, but hopefully some clarity on the situation will be provided sooner rather than later.
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