Clippers Reduce Roster to 12-Man Limit by Cutting Ray Williams and Two Rookies

The Clippers reduced their roster to 12 players Wednesday, cutting free-agent guard Ray Williams and forwards Anicet Lavodrama and Dale Wilkinson.

If the Clippers sign free-agent guard Norm Nixon before the regular National Basketball Assn. season starts Oct. 25, Coach Don Chaney will have to drop another player. Carl Scheer, Clipper general manager, said Wednesday that the club has made no progress with Nixon but that negotiations with Fred Slaughter, his agent, are continuing.

Now that Williams has been waived--"He was just too erratic," Chaney said--Franklin Edwards is assured of being at least the backup point guard. If Nixon doesn't come to terms, however, or the Clippers don't trade for another point guard, Edwards will be the starter.

"I still think we'd like to deal for a (guard)," Scheer said. "But the situation with Norman is still very negotiable."

The Clippers will play the Golden State Warriors tonight at 7:30 at Hartnell College in Salinas. They will end their exhibition season Saturday at Portland.

For the Record Los Angeles Times Friday October 18, 1985 Southland Edition Sports Part 3 Page 13 Column 3 Sports Desk 2 inches; 61 words Type of Material: Correction It was incorrectly reported in Thursday's editions that the Clippers had reduced their roster to the 12-man limit by cutting three players. There are 13 players still on the roster: Benoit Benjamin, Junior Bridgeman, Michael Cage, James Donaldson, Franklin Edwards, Lancaster Gordon, Marques Johnson, Cedric Maxwell, Jay Murphy, Swen Nater, Derek Smith, Rory White and Jamaal Wilkes. Norm Nixon is still an unsigned free agent.
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