Lakers Clear Roster Spot Ahead of Noteworthy NBA Date

David Kaestle
The Lakers opened up a roster spot with their latest move.
The Lakers opened up a roster spot with their latest move. / Associated Press

The start of the 2022-23 season has been nothing short of a disaster for the Los Angeles Lakers. Currently coming into Thursday's play with an 8-12 record and sitting in 13th place in the Western Conference, simply put, right now, the Lakers are one of the worst teams in the NBA.

It's not too hard to figure out why either. They have an aging (albeit still very good) LeBron James, and Anthony Davis, who is actually having a good season, but after that, the roster is pretty damn bad.

All this adds up to the Lakers needing to find a way to improve, and fast, because this current roster certainly isn't going to cut it. On Thursday the Lakers made a small move that could open up some opportunities in a couple of weeks. Los Angeles cut wing Matt Ryan, opening up a roster spot.

December 15 is an important day on the NBA calendar and in the trade market. No, it's not the trade deadline, but it is the day when any player who signed that previous offseason is now allowed to be traded. The rule was put in place so that teams could not sign a player just to trade him away instantly as part of a package. However, once December 15 hits, all bets are off and that protection is gone.

The Lakers are meerly opening up some flexibility for themselves with the freeing of this roster spot, and the release of a player that was probably not a part of their long-term future.

Los Angeles has been reluctant to trade away its 2027 or 2029 first round picks (the next two picks it has at it's disposal because of previous trades), but if it expects to have any chance at contending this season, they will need to. Los Angeles needs to make a splash by the trade deadline to salvage this season and if they don't trade one or both of those picks, they won't even create the slightest ripple.

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