Lakers release Bogut; look for shooter

The Los Angeles Lakers have released veteran center Andrew Bogut, the team announced in a press release.

The move will allow Bogut to potentially sign with some interested contenders.

Meanwhile, the Lakers plan to use the roster spot “to be aggressive in finding some shooting on a 10-day contract,” ESPN reported.

Bogut, 33, signed with the Lakers during the offseason. He has appeared in 24 games, averaging 1.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in nine minutes.

Bogut was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks with the No. 1 overall pick in 2005. He has also spent time with the Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks, as well as one minute with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Several contending teams, such as the San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics, are expected to have an interest in Bogut.