The Los Angeles Lakers will waive center Jeremy Tyler so that he can sign a deal to play in China.
Tyler was signed by the team late last month after being waived by the Sacramento Kings. He appeared in three preseason games with Los Angeles, averaging 2.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 9.3 minutes, before sitting out Sunday's game against the Utah Jazz due to a coach's decision.
It's unknown if Tyler already plans on signing with a specific team, nor how long a potential deal will be.
Tyler, 23, spent parts of last season with the New York Knicks, averaging 3.6 points in 41 games for the team. After playing on the Knicks' summer league team, he was traded with Wayne Ellington to the Kings for Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw in August and waived a month later.
Known for skipping his senior year of high school to play internationally, Tyler began his professional career with Maccabi Haifa in Israel in 2009-10 and played with the Tokyo Apache in Japan the following season before he was selected in the second round of the 2011 NBA draft by the Charlotte Bobcats.
Tyler's rights were traded to the Golden State Warriors on draft night. After multiple assignments in the D-League, Tyler was traded during the 2012-13 season to the Atlanta Hawks, who also soon waived him. He next appeared in an NBA game for the Knicks in January.
In 104 career games, Tyler has averaged 3.6 points and 2.6 rebounds.
Waiving Tyler would leave the Lakers' roster at 19 players. Teams must cut down to 15 players for the regular season.
Los Angeles opens the 2014-15 season Oct. 28 against the Houston Rockets.
- Ben Estes