In the last few seasons, the Los Angeles Lakers have been a team on the rebuild with their roster prominently featuring young players.
One of those mainstays over the last few years has been big man Tarik Black. In light of that, the team has announced that they have parted ways with Black on Saturday afternoon before his $6.6 million for the 2017-18 season became guaranteed.
OFFICIAL: Lakers Waive Tarik Black https://t.co/OCSMCa5ygV
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 1, 2017
Following the news, Black delivered a heartfelt response via Instagram that thanked the Lakers for the opportunity that he was presented him to niche out an NBA career.
This picture best describes my time here in LA. It's been absolutely amazing and invigorating. I would like to thank the Lakers for an amazing ride and being there for me. From the staff, the team, and the fans I am indescribably grateful. You all opened the doors for me to live a dream to play for such an organization. I love you all and the Lakers are forever in my heart 🙏🏾
In his 2 1/2 seasons with Los Angeles, Black has averaged 5.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. This past season, he averaged 5.7 points and 5.1 rebounds in 16.3 minutes in 67 games played with 16 starts. He has proven to quite been a versatile player off the bench playing both power forward and center while being a factor defensively.
The decision to waive Black has put the Lakers just over $17 million in salary-cap space this offseason that could be used to acquire additional help through free agency or trade. General manager Rob Pelinka has stated this offseason that the team has plans to target players that could provide them more shooting on likely short-term deals.