Lakers Waive Five Players

EL SEGUNDO - The Los Angeles Lakers have waived Zach Andrews, Chris Daniels, Gerald Green, Elijah Millsap and Malcolm Thomas, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

Andrews, a 6-8 forward out of Bradley, who made the Los Angeles D-Fenders’ roster earlier this year as an NBA Development League local tryout player, averaged 11.1 points (.603 FG%) and 8.9 rebounds in eight games (all starts) for the D-Fenders this season.

Daniels, a 7-0, 265 pound center out of Texas A&M-Corpus Christie (2008), was selected in the first round (9th overall) of the 2011 NBA Development League Draft by the Erie BayHawks. In five D-League games this season, Daniels averaged 16.2 points (.517 FG%), 11.4 rebounds and 2.20 blocks in 32.2 minutes.

Green, a four-year NBA veteran originally selected by the Boston Celtics in the first round (18th overall) of the 2005 NBA Draft, has appeared in 181 NBA games (41 starts) for the Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks, posting career averages of 7.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 16.0 minutes.

Millsap, the younger brother of Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap and an early entry candidate for the 2010 NBA Draft after his junior season at Alabama-Birmingham, was acquired by the Los Angeles D-Fenders in a trade with the Tulsa 66ers earlier this year, and averaged 23.2 points (.510 FG%, .526 3FG%), 7.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 3.50 steals in six NBA Development League games with the D-Fenders this season.

Thomas, a 6-9 forward out of San Diego State, helped lead the Aztecs to an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance last season, averaging 11.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.02 blocks in 30.4 minutes. Assigned to the D-Fenders on December 17, Thomas tallied 13 points (5-7 FG), 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 38 minutes before being recalled by the Lakers the next day.

The Lakers roster now stands at 15 players.