Waived The Portland Trail Blazers waived former Gonzaga University and Mead High forward Adam Morrison, the team announced on Saturday. Guards Demonte Harper, Justin Holiday and Coby Karl and forward Dallas Lauderdale were also waived. Morrison, the third overall pick in the 2006 draft to Charlotte, averaged of 3.2 points and 1.4 rebounds in five games. Karl, the son of Nuggets coach George Karl, averaged 4.8 points in four preseason games. The others played limited minutes. Harper and Lauderdale will report to the Blazers’ NBA Development League team, the Idaho Stampede.
• The Orlando Magic waived forwards Quentin Richardson, Justin Harper and Chris Johnson. The Magic also exercised the third-year contract option on 7-foot center Nikola Vucevic.
• The Los Angeles Lakers waived guard Andrew Goudelock. Goudelock averaged 4.4 points while playing in 40 games as a rookie last season for the Lakers, who drafted him in the second round from the College of Charleston. He didn’t get consistent playing time during training camp this month. Los Angeles went 0-8 in the preseason, the worst record in franchise history.
• Second-year guard DeAndre Liggins won the final roster spot for the Oklahoma City Thunder as the team waived Andy Rautins, Daniel Orton and Hollis Thompson.
• The Cleveland Cavaliers reduced their roster to the 15-man limit by waiving forward/center Michael Eric, forward Eric Jones and guard D’Aundray Brown.
• The Atlanta Hawks waived guard James Anderson and forward Damion James, reducing their roster to 14 players. Forward Anthony Tolliver, who has a non-guaranteed contract, appears to have won his battle for a roster spot.
Announced Forward LeBron James’ twisted right ankle remained sore, though not enough for the reigning NBA MVP to be concerned about his status for the Miami Heat’s season opener against the Boston Celtics. James was planning to get treatment for the ankle over the next couple of days. He said he had no lingering aftereffects of the kick. Miami got its roster down to the 15-player maximum on by waiving guard Garrett Temple.
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