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January 7, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers waived forward Shawne Williams on Tuesday. Had Williams lasted the day on the roster, his nonguaranteed contract would have locked in for the remainder of the season. The Lakers kept Kendall Marshall, Ryan Kelly and Xavier Henry -- all players initially signed to nonguaranteed contracts as well. Williams, a favorite of Coach Mike D'Antoni, averaging 5.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 32 appearances.  He started 11 of the Lakers' 34 games, including opening night in a win over the Clippers.
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March 17, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Former Lakers forward Shawne Williams on Monday was named NBA Development League performer of the week. Playing for the Lakers' D-League affiliate, Williams is the third D-Fender to win the honor this season, joining Manny Harris, who also played with the Lakers this season, and Terrence Williams. At 25-15, the D-Fenders are in first place in the West Division, having a better season than the 22-44 Lakers. OFFICIAL: Shawne Williams has been named @nbadleague Performer of the Week, he averaged 26.3 pts, 7.3 reb & 2.7 blk pic.twitter.com/qXW3fP8PV9 - L.A. D-Fenders (@DFenders)
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February 16, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Shawne Williams' 10-day contract with the Lakers expires Sunday, leaving him a free agent on his 28th birthday. The 6-foot-9 forward signed with the Lakers on Feb. 6 for $69,998. Because Williams is on a minimum contract, the NBA will reimburse the Lakers $17,981 with $52,017 of Williams' salary counting against the team's salary cap and luxury tax. Williams was originally picked up by the Lakers in the off-season, signing a non-guaranteed contract.  Before his contract locked in for the entire season, the team waived him Jan. 7. In 36 games this season, Williams averaged 5.6 points and 4.6 rebounds while shooting 38% from the field.
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March 2, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Xavier Henry made his second appearance with the D-Fenders (20-15) on Saturday night, scoring 19 points in a 137-126 overtime loss to the Legends (17-22) in Texas. The Lakers assigned Henry to the NBA Development League on Thursday as part of the 6-foot-6 swingman's rehabilitation from a knee injury. Henry was injured in a Lakers' loss on Dec. 29 to the Philadelphia 76ers, suffering a bone bruise and abnormality of the lateral meniscus. Former Lakers guard Manny Harris scored 30 points for the D-Fenders, including a layup in the final moments of regulation to force overtime.
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October 7, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Shawne Williams came into the league in 2006 out of Memphis with tremendous promise as the 17th draft pick of the Indiana Pacers. Seven years later, he's fighting to get back into the league after a number of drug-related incidents tarnished his reputation. Williams was cut by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2012 without playing a game, unsure he'd get another opportunity in the NBA. "I'd be lying if I said I did," said Williams on Monday after practice with the Lakers. "I've been through so much.
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February 27, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Xavier Henry has yet to suit up for the Lakers in 2014, felled by a knee injury in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 29. On Thursday, Henry will make an appearance with the D-Fenders in one of the final stages of his recovery from a bone bruise and abnormality of the lateral meniscus. Henry will join the Lakers' D-League affiliate as they visit the Texas Legends. Through 31 games with the Lakers, Henry has averaged 10.1 points. He's missed 27 games, just one of the many long-term injuries the Lakers have faced this season.
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March 2, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Xavier Henry made his second appearance with the D-Fenders (20-15) on Saturday night, scoring 19 points in a 137-126 overtime loss to the Legends (17-22) in Texas. The Lakers assigned Henry to the NBA Development League on Thursday as part of the 6-foot-6 swingman's rehabilitation from a knee injury. Henry was injured in a Lakers' loss on Dec. 29 to the Philadelphia 76ers, suffering a bone bruise and abnormality of the lateral meniscus. Former Lakers guard Manny Harris scored 30 points for the D-Fenders, including a layup in the final moments of regulation to force overtime.
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August 14, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have officially announced the signing of Gonzaga forward Elias Harris. Although the Lakers agreed to terms with Harris in July, the paperwork wasn't finalized until Wednesday. Harris played in five games for the Lakers' summer league squad in Las Vegas, averaging 10.2 points on 44.7% shooting. Harris will make $490,180 in the first year of his deal, although only an undisclosed amount is guaranteed. His second year is at $816,482 and that is believed to be non-guaranteed.
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January 7, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
It's decision day for the Lakers. Four players on the roster are on non-guaranteed contracts (Kendall Marshall Ryan Kelly, Xavier Henry and Shawne Williams). If any of the four is still on the team past the 2:00 p.m. deadline, their contracts will lock in for the remainder of the season. Technically the deadline is Jan. 10, but a player cut must clear NBA's waiver process first, which takes 48 hours. The Lakers have the league-maximum of 15 players under contract. Multiple injuries have opened a job, and starting spot, for Marshall who has 32 assists in his first two starts with the Lakers.
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July 26, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have signed former Gonzaga forward Elias Harris to a two-year, minimum-salary  contract. Harris, who went undrafted in June, impressed the team with his play in Las Vegas as part of the Lakers' summer league squad. "I tried to show what I'm capable of," Harris recently told The Times . "I'm a guy who is willing to work. I'm not just a guy who is going to sit around and think everything's going to fall into my lap. That's just not me. I hope I get the opportunity and I can reward the guys with playing hard.
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February 27, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Xavier Henry has yet to suit up for the Lakers in 2014, felled by a knee injury in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 29. On Thursday, Henry will make an appearance with the D-Fenders in one of the final stages of his recovery from a bone bruise and abnormality of the lateral meniscus. Henry will join the Lakers' D-League affiliate as they visit the Texas Legends. Through 31 games with the Lakers, Henry has averaged 10.1 points. He's missed 27 games, just one of the many long-term injuries the Lakers have faced this season.
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February 16, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Shawne Williams' 10-day contract with the Lakers expires Sunday, leaving him a free agent on his 28th birthday. The 6-foot-9 forward signed with the Lakers on Feb. 6 for $69,998. Because Williams is on a minimum contract, the NBA will reimburse the Lakers $17,981 with $52,017 of Williams' salary counting against the team's salary cap and luxury tax. Williams was originally picked up by the Lakers in the off-season, signing a non-guaranteed contract.  Before his contract locked in for the entire season, the team waived him Jan. 7. In 36 games this season, Williams averaged 5.6 points and 4.6 rebounds while shooting 38% from the field.
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February 7, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
PHILADELPHIA - True story: Nick Young wants to sponsor an egging raid. He's unhappy that Cleveland guard C.J. Miles fouled him Wednesday, causing a knee injury that will cost Young at least two weeks of action. "We need to go find C.J. Miles, man, and do something to him," Young said Friday, smiling for the most part. "We've got to go throw some eggs, do something at his house. I've got to do something. He's got to feel my pain. " Young was then reminded that singer Justin Bieber could face felony charges for allegedly causing $20,000 in damage by egging a neighbor's house in Calabasas.
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January 27, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers waived Shawne Williams on Jan. 7, after he played in 32 games for the team, averaging 5.2 points and 4.5 rebounds a night. On Monday, the D-Fenders announced they had acquired Williams via a waiver claim. The D-Fenders, the Lakers' NBA Development League affiliate, are currently in second place in the West Division at 13-10. The actual Lakers are just 16-29 this season, down to fourth place in the Pacific Division. Williams was cut by the Lakers before his contract became fully guaranteed for the 2013-14 season.
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January 7, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers waived forward Shawne Williams on Tuesday. Had Williams lasted the day on the roster, his nonguaranteed contract would have locked in for the remainder of the season. The Lakers kept Kendall Marshall, Ryan Kelly and Xavier Henry -- all players initially signed to nonguaranteed contracts as well. Williams, a favorite of Coach Mike D'Antoni, averaging 5.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 32 appearances.  He started 11 of the Lakers' 34 games, including opening night in a win over the Clippers.
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January 7, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
It's decision day for the Lakers. Four players on the roster are on non-guaranteed contracts (Kendall Marshall Ryan Kelly, Xavier Henry and Shawne Williams). If any of the four is still on the team past the 2:00 p.m. deadline, their contracts will lock in for the remainder of the season. Technically the deadline is Jan. 10, but a player cut must clear NBA's waiver process first, which takes 48 hours. The Lakers have the league-maximum of 15 players under contract. Multiple injuries have opened a job, and starting spot, for Marshall who has 32 assists in his first two starts with the Lakers.
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July 1, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Dwight Howard is the primary focus of the Lakers' off-season. The free-agent center is currently making the rounds as he's courted by teams such as the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors. Houston reportedly made a strong impression on Howard. The Warriors would be wholly dependent on the Lakers to facilitate a sign and trade. Howard can decide in the coming days but won't be able to sign a contract until the league's moratorium elapses on July 10. Meanwhile, the Lakers have been linked to a laundry list of free agents.
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September 30, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Robert Sacre has finally joined Twitter. The second-year center signed a three-year deal with the Lakers in July, with two seasons fully guaranteed. Sacre made his first tweet on Friday. Hello Twitter! The REAL Sacre is finally here.... Lovin LA and living the dream! - Robert Sacre (@Bobby_Sacre) September 27, 2013 On Saturday, as the Lakers opened training camp, Sacre said he believes the work he's put in this summer has already made him a better player. "I'm pretty impressed on how I progressed, I'm not going to lie," he said.  "I feel very confident within my game and very happy to be in the gym every day. " What has he improved?
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January 7, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
DALLAS - Shawne Williams was waived Monday, but the Lakers don't plan on filling his roster spot any time soon. Unless, of course, another guard is injured. The Lakers were down to 14 players, one below the NBA maximum, after cutting Williams before his contract became guaranteed the rest of the season. They want to maintain roster flexibility and will not add free-agent forward Hedo Turkoglu because they think his skills are declining. And, of greater importance, they have two healthy guards, Kendall Marshall and Jodie Meeks . There's a just-in-case wariness permeating the Lakers while Kobe Bryant , Steve Nash , Steve Blake , Jordan Farmar and Xavier Henry sit out with injuries.
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December 29, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers are currently carrying the league-maximum 15 players on their roster, but that may not be the case for long. Four players are signed to nonguaranteed contracts: Xavier Henry, Shawne Williams, Ryan Kelly and recent acquisition Kendall Marshall. The Lakers have until Jan. 7 to decide which players they want to keep the rest of the season. The deadline is officially Jan. 10, but each player needs 48 hours to clear the NBA's waiver process. Henry was signed over the summer for $916,099 and has proved to be one of the team's best off-season acquisitions.
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