The Los Angeles Lakers have four more preseason games to go before heading into the regular season on Oct. 28 against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Lakers will face three more teams in four games with matchups against the Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors (twice) and Portland Trail Blazers in the coming weeks.
Head coach Byron Scott and company will need to get the current roster down to 15 players before the start of the regular season. Four players will ultimately be cut over the next few weeks with a couple of those players likely being in the frontcourt.
Although four preseason games remain for the Lakers, Coach Scott admitted on Sunday that roster cuts could start after the game against the Kings on Tuesday night at the MGM Grand Arena.
“I would think we probably start cutting down then,” said Scott.
Los Angeles currently has four players capable of being a backup at the center position including Robert Sacre, Tarik Black, Robert Upshaw and Larry Nance Jr.
There’s a chance all four players make the final roster. Coach Scott claims there’s a shot this could happen, but it does seem highly unlikely.
“I could,” Scott said. “I probably won’t.”
Other players on the bubble for the Lakers right now include Jonathan Holmes, Michael Frazier, Jabari Brown and Metta World Peace. Although Marcelo Huertas has yet to play a preseason game for Los Angeles due to a hamstring issue, the sense seems to be that he’ll be one of the final 15.