The Los Angeles Lakers are still trying to figure themselves out and that means they aren’t done tweaking the roster, changing the rotation, and making alterations as the season goes on.
The team has been playing better lately but they are still far from where they should be, which means substantial changes aren’t out of the question.
The Lakers are waiving wing shooter Matt Ryan, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Ryan impressed in stint with L.A., shooting 38.2 percent from 3, including a clutch shot in win over Pelicans in November. The move opens up a roster spot for Lakers ahead of Dec. 15 trade date.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 1, 2022
The Lakers surprised fans on Wednesday night when they announced that they were waiving Matt Ryan.
Ryan is far from a household name but he was a promising, young, inspiring player who was starting to garner a lot of appreciation from the fans.
He shot 38.2% from the three during the season, including one clutch performance that had the team off the bench and the fans cheering from the stands.
Waiving Ryan is a bit surprising but it makes sense when you consider what LA will be doing next.
Ryan Walking Away
During his time with the Lakers, Ryan averaged 3.9 points, 1.2 rebounds, and .3 assists.
He was shooting 30.6% from the field during his average of 10.8 minutes per game.
Ryan’s biggest moment of the season came when he shot a buzzer-beater three against the New Orleans Pelicans, forcing an overtime period and, eventually, a win.
That was the moment that people really noticed Ryan, who was working for DoorDash just a couple of years ago.
It’s a shame to see Ryan leave but it makes sense because the Lakers are trying to open up roster spots before the December 15 trade date.
It is clear that the team is contemplating making a few big changes in the near future.