The Lakers have made the final cuts to get their roster down below the NBA maximum of 15 full-time players, and there was one surprise among those waived: Exhibit 10 signees Cam Oliver, Chaundee Brown and Trevelin Queen were all semi-expected cuts, but two-way player Joel Ayayi has been waived as well, according to the team.
Brown, Ayayi and Queen previously played for the Lakers’ 2021 Summer League team, while Oliver saw some sparse NBA game action towards the end of last season with the Houston Rockets.
Queen, Brown and Oliver all signed Exhibit 10 deals with the Lakers before training camp, and will likely join the South Bay Lakers in the G-League as a result, following the earlier examples of Mac McClung and Frank Mason III, who were also both recently cut from the roster. They will play under first-year SBL head coach Miles Simon, who took the job after four years as an assistant with the Lakers under both Luke Walton and Frank Vogel.
The future for Ayayi is less clear, as its unlikely the Lakers waived him from a two-way deal just to keep him on their G League roster. After a disappointing preseason and summer league showing, he is likely headed elsewhere for the next steps in his basketball journey.
With Ayayi cut, Sekou Doumbouya is the Lakers’ only two-way player, and the team has an open two-way contract to offer someone.
The Lakers now have 14 players on their roster, which does not come as a surprise either. GM Rob Pelinka indicated that the team would keep a roster spot open in order to both save luxury tax money and be ready for any possible buyout candidates to bolster the veteran-heavy Lakers roster as the team tries for its second championship in three seasons.