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Shawne Williams' 10-day contract with Lakers expires

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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.

The Lakers are currently on break through All-Star weekend in New Orleans. Players can sign a maximum of two 10-day contracts with a team. 

If the Lakers wait until Wednesday to re-sign Williams, he would be available for the team's final six games in the month of February.

The franchise could also choose to wait until after the Feb. 20 NBA trade deadline, preserving an open roster spot in case a deal materializes that brings in one more player than the Lakers send out.

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