Lakers Cut Quinndary Weatherspoon as 2023-24 NBA Season Nears

The Los Angeles Lakers make surprising roster moves with an eye on their G League affiliate.

In a surprising turn of events on the cusp of the 2023-24 NBA regular season, the Los Angeles Lakers have made swift moves, signing and subsequently waiving several training camp additions. These moves come with a strategic vision to retain these players on LA’s NBA G League squad, the South Bay Lakers, as affiliate players.

Just recently, the Lakers took to their official Twitter account to announce the release of shooting guard Quinndary Weatherspoon, a mere day after adding him to the roster.

Weatherspoon, a 6’3″ veteran hailing from Mississippi State, had previously seen action in three NBA seasons spanning from 2019 to 2022. During this time, he split his time between the San Antonio Spurs and the Golden State Warriors. Across his 42 regular season appearances, Weatherspoon posted modest averages of 2.1 points with shooting splits of .452/.188/.826, 0.8 rebounds, and 0.6 assists.

During his most recent NBA season in 2021-22, Weatherspoon spent a significant portion of his time with the Santa Cruz Warriors, the NBAGL affiliate of the Golden State Warriors, due to his two-way contract. In Santa Cruz, he showcased his scoring prowess with averages of 25.3 points, shooting .523 from the field, .282 from beyond the arc, and .887 from the free-throw line. In addition to his scoring, he contributed with 6.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.1 steals, and 0.7 blocks per game. Notably, he was part of the Golden State Warriors’ NBA championship-winning team, despite not seeing any action during the postseason.

More recently, Weatherspoon embarked on a journey to the Chinese Basketball Association, where he played for the Tianjin Pioneers during the 2022-23 season. He also had a brief stint in the NBA preseason, participating in a couple of games with the non-NBA team, Israeli club Maccabee Ra’anana.

Key Takeaways:

  • Quinndary Weatherspoon, a seasoned NBA player, has been swiftly waived by the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • Weatherspoon’s career has included stints with the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors, as well as impressive performances with the Santa Cruz Warriors in the G League.
  • Despite not playing in the postseason, Weatherspoon earned an NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors.

The Lakers’ decision to release Weatherspoon raises questions about their roster strategy as they approach the start of the 2023-24 NBA season. Whether this move is part of a larger plan or simply a temporary decision remains to be seen. Lakers fans will be watching closely as the team continues to make adjustments in preparation for the upcoming season.

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