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Lakers waive forward Shawne Williams

Lakers waive forward Shawne Williams
Shawne Williams averaged 5.2 points and 4.5 rebounds with the Lakers. (Paul Buck / EPA)

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.

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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.

The move opened up a roster spot, which could come into play if the Lakers make a trade before the Feb. 20 deadline.

The franchise can also sign a player to a 10-day contract, an option that became available to teams on Monday.

Williams was signed for $1.1 million, earning in the neighborhood of $450,000 during his stint with the Lakers.

If Williams clears through the 48-hour waiver process, the Lakers could technically re-sign him -- should both sides agree to terms.

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