The Orlando Magic have decided to waive sharp-shooting combo guard Doron Lamb, reports Joshua Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel.
Lamb, 22, was acquired by Orlando last year as part of the J.J. Redick trade with the Milwaukee Bucks. He was originally drafted by Milwaukee with the No. 42 pick in the 2012 draft, but spent significant time in the D-League after failing to find a steady role with the big club.
Things never really got better in Orlando, where Lamb continued to show impressive shooting skills but little else. Last season, Lamb actually shot better from three-point range (40 percent) than he did on two-pointers (39 percent), though more than half of his shots came from behind the arc.
That shooting ability alone should earn Lamb more opportunities in the NBA, but he needs to show he can be more than a quality spot-up shooter at the pro level. The other aspects of his game, from rebounding to defense, leave much to be desired.
For Orlando, waiving Lamb will save the team some money and free up some cap space before free agency begins on Tuesday. Lamb was set to earn $915,243 for the 2014-15 season, but that salary comes off the books now that he’s been placed on waivers before the Tuesday deadline.
With this latest move, the Magic’s overhaul of their backcourt continues. After trading Arron Afflalo, releasing E’Twaun Moore and waiving Lamb, Orlando still has Jameer Nelson, Victor Oladipo, Evan Fournier, Ronnie Price and 2014 first-round pick Elfrid Payton to fill minutes. Nelson and Price could also be on their way out, too, according to Robbins.