Despite the headline news of Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, and Jordan Hill being injured, the Lakers also made news by waiving rookie guard Darius Johnson-Odom. Johnson-Odom only participated in four games this season for the Lakers. He recorded a total of four rebounds and one assist in six minutes.
Darius was assigned to the Lakers development team, The L.A. Defenders, on Nov. 10th and started in all 12 of their games this season. He has averaged 20.6 points, 5.3 assists, and 5.0 rebounds per game for the Defenders. Monday was the final day for NBA teams to cut players on non-guaranteed contracts before those deals became guaranteed for the remainder of the season.
This release opens up a roster spot for the Lakers to sign another player via free agency or to add someone in a trade. With the injuries to their big men, it is rumored that they are targeting free agent Kenyon Martin, but all the speculation ends there.
Kenyon Martin time? RT @spearsnbayahoo: Lakers have waived guard Darius Johnson-Odom.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) January 7, 2013
The announcement was made early Monday afternoon on the Lakers website:
January 07, 2013 1:40 pm PSTEL SEGUNDO – The Los Angeles Lakers have waived guard Darius Johnson-Odom, it was announced today.Johnson-Odom, the 55th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, was acquired by the Lakers from Dallas on draft night. The 6-2 guard out of Marquette averaged 15.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 105 collegiate games. As a senior, the Raleigh, North Carolina native led his team in scoring (18.3 ppg) and earned First Team All-Big East honors in addition to being named an Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press.