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Lakers cut Devontae Cacok and Demetrius Jackson, finalize 15-man roster

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The Lakers needed to cut their roster down to 15 players before the season, and Demetrius Jackson and Devontae Cacok have been let go as a result.

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The Los Angeles Lakers have announced they’ve cut Devontae Cacok and Demetrius Jackson. Each NBA team is limited to 15 players on its roster during the regular season — plus a pair of two-way contracts — and while the Lakers only have 14 players with guaranteed deals on their roster currently, Dwight Howard’s non-guaranteed contract still counts as one of the 15.

The Lakers previously cut Marcus Allen as part of this roster trim down.

The Lakers technically had until the start of the season to trim their roster down from 20 players to 15, but cutting these guys now will allow them to clear waivers without the Lakers being responsible for a day or two of their salary, as they would be had they not cleared waivers before the start of the regular season.

Cacok averaged 10.2 points and 5.2 rebounds while shooting 60.5% in six games, dropping 16 points and 10 rebounds in 35 minutes while starting his final preseason game. Jackson also appeared in all six preseason games, averaging 6.5 points of 40% shooting in 17.6 minutes per contest. Allen scored four points on 1-5 shooting while swiping three steals in his only preseason appearance during the Lakers’ final game on Friday. All will likely play in the G League for the South Bay Lakers this season, for contractual and logical reasons covered here.

Adam Johnson of 2 Ways & 10 Days reported on Friday night that the South Bay Lakers have brought Travis Wear back to their roster. Expect more news on other names to join him, the Lakers pair of two-way contracts (Zach Norvell Jr. and Kostas Antetokounmpo) and Talen Horton-Tucker in spending substantial time in South Bay this year soon.

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