Lakers Waive Tarik Black

The Lakers have waived Tarik Black, the team announced today in a press release. Black will become an unrestricted free agent, assuming he clears waivers.

Black, 25, has spent the majority of his NBA career with the Lakers, having been claimed off the waivers from the Rockets back in December 2014. After signing a new deal with L.A. last summer, the 6’9″ center appeared in 67 games (16 starts) in 2016/17, averaging 5.7 PPG and 5.1 RPG and playing solid defense.

The timing of Black’s release allows the Lakers to avoid being on the hook for his 2017/18 salary, which would have been worth $6,655,325. It would have become fully guaranteed if Black had remained under contract through July 4.

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10 thoughts on “Lakers Waive Tarik Black

  1. Thronson5

    The Lakers gave him all the opportunity in the world to show what he’s got last year and he just sucks in my opinion. He’s a physical beast but still can’t dominate in the rebound department and hasn’t showed he can score much. Smart move. Save a decent amount of money towards someone who’s actually worth it. I hope we grab Rondo as a back up PG and to be a mentor to Ball

  2. mchaney317

    I would have been interested in him as a backup for the Cavs since they need any big man they can get, but if he’s no taller than Thompson then there doesn’t seem to be much of a point

  3. Thronson5

    Y’all saying you don’t want Rondo near the Lakers have no idea what you’re talking about. Rondo would be a great mentor for Ball. The guys works his tail off, he has the last first mentality like Ball does and he can teach Ball a lot about the league from a veteran

    • Hannibal8us

      Plus by all accounts was beloved by the young players in Chicago and a great influence. Rondo however always clashes with the coaching staff because he thinks he’s smarter than them and also clashed with Wade and Butler.

      • ^^ Rondo gets a bad rep as a locker room problem but, as far as we know, Rondo has seemed to be loved by his teammates. His bad rep is more associated with him not getting along with coaches.

        • Dretorade

          he had problems with the big 3 in Boston that’s easily found on Google and wade and Jimmy as mentioned by fella above. I think the potential damage he could do over what he could teach is not worth it. He’ll come in and clash with Luke and set bad examples

        • Dretorade

          I’m not what so ever questioning his work ethic, his basketball IQ, it’s his attitude and that being around 19 year old kids

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