Last season, he beat relatively long odds and made the team. This season, Andrew Goudelock wasn't so lucky. Caught up in a major numbers crunch in the Lakers backcourt, the second year guard was waived Saturday.
Undersized, not overly athletic and a small-school product (College of Charleston), Goudelock's profile makes him easy to root for, especially when you add in a knack for scoring, primarily as a 3-point bomber but also with a deceptively effective ability to put the ball on the floor and finish with a variety of floaters.
Unfortunately, what Goudelock really needs to stick at this level -- or needed to stick with the Lakers, at least -- are more developed point-guard skills. Last season and throughout this year's training camp, Goudelock wasn't able to effectively direct and offense. Defensively, Goudelock was tough to protect, another mark against him.
On a team sporting too many guards with guaranteed contracts, there was almost no way for Goudelock to make the final cut. Projecting his NBA future is tricky, but it wouldn't surprise me to see him pop up at some point on another roster. There's no question Goudelock can shoot, arguably the most marketable single skill in basketball.
I certainly hope he finds a home in the league. If nothing else, Goudelock could have a long career playing overseas.
The Lakers now have 15 players on the roster, including both of this year's second-round picks in Robert Sacre and Darius Johnson-Odom, and have to decide by Monday what to do with them. They'd prefer to carry 14, giving them the ability to add a player during the season without having to make a cut and eat someone's contract. Sacre seems like a lock to stick. Johnson-Odom's situation is more tenuous. He barely played in the eight preseason games, but the Lakers definitely like him (and shelled out half a mil to the Mavs for the pick used to select him) … which may be why he's seen so little playing time.
By keeping him on the bench, the Lakers haven't exposed DJO to other teams, perhaps with the hope they can cut him late and not lose him to another team. At that point, the Lakers wouldn't control his rights -- Johnson-Odom could sign with any team on the planet -- but the Lakers could try to keep him close by re-signing him to play with the D-Fenders.
In the end, unless they can open up a roster spot via trade sometime this weekend (highly unlikely), Johnson-Odom seems likely to be cut as well.