Before the regular season starts, NBA teams have to cut their rosters down to a maximum of 15 players.
The Lakers currently have 16 players, 13 guaranteed, so at least one additional cut is a lock.
It can be rare for a team to let go of a player on a guaranteed contract. Recently the Cleveland Cavaliers waived guard Kelenna Azubuike and the Orlando Magic released former Lakers forward Christian Eyenga.
Given that the Lakers are deep into the luxury tax, it would seem unlikely for the Lakers to trim a player whose salary is also taxed. If the Lakers cut seldom-used forward Earl Clark, the team would still owe him his full $1.24 million plus $1.24 million in luxury taxes. Clark is currently recovering from a groin injury.
Instead, the Lakers are more likely to drop from the pool of three players on non-guaranteed deals:
Robert Sacre: Taken 60th in the 2012 NBA Draft, Sacre played major preseason minutes at center while Dwight Howard worked his way back from surgery (herniated disk). Sacre shot 51.4% from the field, averaging 6.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks a game. He needs to learn how to stay out of foul trouble but for a second-rounder, Sacre has shown more than enough to make the season-opening roster. Prognosis: Favorable.