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Lakers waive Anthony Brown to finalize roster

March 01, 2015: Stanford Cardinal guard/forward Anthony Brown (21) controls the ball as Oregon Ducks forward Elgin Cook (23) defends, during an NCAA men's basketball game between the Stanford Cardinal and the Oregon Ducks at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, California, USA. The Oregon Ducks defeated the Stanford Cardinal 73-70.
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The Los Angeles Lakers announced on Monday afternoon that the franchise has waived forward Anthony Brown to bring their roster to 15 players. Brown was originally a second-round pick in 2015 out of Stanford and appeared in 29 games for the Lakers last season.

This preseason, Brown played in six outings and averaged 3.2 points and 1.7 rebounds in 8.3 minutes per game.

Brown’s departure means that forwards Metta World Peace and Thomas Robinson have made the team’s opening night roster. Prior to Monday, the battle for the Lakers’ final roster spot was expected to be between Robinson, World Peace and big man Yi Jianlian. However, with Jianlian requesting his release and Brown getting waived, there is now room for both of them on the roster.

On Friday, it was reported that the Lakers offered World Peace an opportunity to stay with the team in a coaching role if he did not make the team. It now appears that the organization valued his mentorship with young players as a player rather than a coach. In 35 contests for Los Angeles last season, the veteran forward averaged five points and 2.5 rebounds per game.

Robinson was the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft out of Kansas. He has played for five teams over his four-year professional career, but spent the entirety of last season with the Brooklyn Nets. In 71 games, he averaged 4.3 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest. The most productive stint of his career came with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2014-2015 when he averaged 8.8 points and 7.7 rebounds in 22 games for the team.

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