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Lakers News: Darius Johnson-Odom Is Released By Team Reviewed by Momizat on . After five preseason games, the Lakers have made their third cut of the preseason. Reserve point guard Darius Johnson-Odom was released by the team as announced After five preseason games, the Lakers have made their third cut of the preseason. Reserve point guard Darius Johnson-Odom was released by the team as announced Rating:
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Lakers News: Darius Johnson-Odom Is Released By Team

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Utah Jazz v Los Angeles LakersAfter five preseason games, the Lakers have made their third cut of the preseason. Reserve point guard Darius Johnson-Odom was released by the team as announced via press release by the team.

Johnson was picked by the Mavericks with the 55th overall pick in 2012 and was acquired by the Lakers that night. Johnson-Odom played in four games for the Lakers last season and in 13 games for the Lakers D-League Affiliate where he averaged 21 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Johnson-Odom’s release should come as a surprise to no one as the Lakers are already log-jammed at point guard with Steve Nash, Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake and still have to cut their roster down to 15 players.

With Johnson-Odom out of the contention, the final two spots will come down to Ryan Kelly, Elias Harris and Marcus Landry. Landry has struggled thus far in the preseason while Harris and Kelly are younger guys the team can develop through the D-League. While Mike D’Antoni hasn’t hinted at which two guys he’s going to keep out of the three, it wouldn’t be surprising if Landry ends up being the odd man out.

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  • socrucial

    That is a stupid move, he’s the only guard with athleticism and he plays his position, doesn’t jack up stupid shots like harris and landry

    • cj

      well harris is a sf/pf and landry is a sg/sf so its kinda their job to jack up shots. djo would have been the 4th pg on this team with 3 other really good pg’s and a few players like kobe, young, and henry who can also play point. if we wanted a young guard to sit on our bench and do nothing morris or godlock would be back.

    • Daryl Peek

      Harris was given a two year contract, though the second year is not guaranteed. Harris, Sacre and Young are the only newbies making the team as long term projects.

  • Jimsanity

    Meeks, Blake, and Hill (decent trade value) are the players that need to be moved for a SF. I wanted Dorell Wright who is a 3pt beast and good defensive player. Maybe even Ariza. If Nick Young starts w/ Kobe at the 2 and 3, we screwed!

  • Jim213

    Thought a 16 man roster would take place before the final week. But should’ve waited after returning from China to cut DJO. However, surprised that he was released rather than Landry who’s struggled on the court.

    E Harris still gets somewhat minimal minutes as opposed to the other non guaranteed players. But if Landry ends up attaining the final roster spot (as long as the team goes with a 15th man roster) it’ll likely be seen as a sentimental move by the coach who still believes in Landry.

    Unsure if they’ll go with a 14 or 15th man roster this season which would likely leave out 2 of 3 players, R Kelly, M Landry, or E Harris. However, given Kobe’s injury along with a likely trade before the trade deadline it be best to go with a 15 man roster this season. Plan ahead.

    • cj

      if the lakers do go with 15(i believe they will) and a trade deadline happens odom and or sasha might be late season add on’s to fill the hole made by said trade.

      • Jim213

        Possible though they should’ve at least invited Sasha to training camp rather than Boateng who’s been cut.

        • vdogg

          will everyone get off of sasha’s nuts? he was not that good as a laker. nice guy and hit those two FTs in game 7, but otherwise not that good. for as many 3s as he supposedly swished in practice, he disappointed in games.

          • Daryl Peek

            Every Laker fan loved the Machine, we love LO, Farmar, ETC… but there’s a reason other teams aren’t and haven’t been blowing up there phones to bring them in for a tryout. I still contend many Lakers fans just want to get the band back together for one last hurrah.

          • Jim213

            His defense is what could be used today. Offensively he was alright but it’s more so to fill the roster with experience. Not saying he’s a starter but given the team’s current financial limits it’s hard to find solid players.

          • Daryl Peek

            We already have players that were added to the roster that can do what Sasha does and may even be better Jim. Just saying.

          • Jim213

            Defensively? no one has proven nothing except Farmar on D this pre-season.

          • vdogg

            come on, jim. stop talking about sasha like he was some defensive stopper. he was average at best for us. just because your hair is flying around and you wave your hands a lot doesn’t mean you’re a good defender. defensively, sasha was almost single-handedly responsible for the lakers’ meltdown in game 4 vs. BOS in 08. guys were lighting him up left and right, sticking Js in his face and driving past him like he was a bullfighter. i personally like sasha, but i would cringe if he ever wore the P and G again.

          • Jim213

            Don’t get me wrong, I ain’t saying that he’s a defensive player of the year candidate but given this year’s lack of defensive minded players he could’ve been tried out at least for a year. No dissing but I’d take him over Blake on the defensive end.

          • ra

            Agree with Jim213. Sasha was a pain in the a** as a defender. He got clocked a few times because of it. He’ll make people think twice before trying something. The current crop don’t really do that. They are playing team D, and often don’t communicate with each other (duh!).

            We need strong spirits like D.Fish or Sasha to push people around a little. Otherwise, the Lakers D, which already sucks, will be the complete undoing of the team.

          • Daryl Peek

            Come on now Jim? You can’t expect them to be at six years of seasoning playing with Kobe and crew under Phil, with the advantage of triangle continuity over said time period. These new guys have to be given much more than 5 preseason games to prove their worth, in comparison man. Sasha is not all that as Vdogg said. If he were he’d be on a roster elsewhere right now.

            I’m not against giving him a shot but the current coaching staff isn’t interested it seems. I’m good with who we have. The continued beckoning of former triangle retreads is looking back hoping for a rekindling of old glory as I see it. What has Sasha proved outside of the triangle? What were his defensive ratings with the Nets and the Turkish team he played with overseas? If you brought me statistical proof of his worthiness I’d be all in but we don’t have that. all we have is old glory’s memories to lean on.

          • Jim213

            IMO, GIVEN THE TEAM’S CURRENT FINANCIAL STATUS HE COULD’VE AT LEAST BEEN CONSIDERED TO FILL THE 18 OR 19 SPOT THIS PRESEASON.

            Given his previous experience he was worth a try AT LEAST. But whoever makes the roster is deserving of it so if the other players beat him for a spot it’s well deserved. That’s all.

          • Daryl Peek

            Why are you capped out yelling at me?!?

            I get you like him and feel he could have been tried out. The people in charge didn’t and don’t see it that way, and money is not a factor in this given the salaries of Young, Johnson, Harris, Henry, Meeks, Landry & Williams. Sasha in not better than any of those guys. This is my main point.

          • Jim213

            Not personal, just letting others know my view given this is a touchy topic. However, you did cap me out back in the day when were talking about DH going to the Rocketees around the billboards LN topics.

            Heard DH also wants his jersey retired given someone from the Magic will be wearing it this season. This guy is PMS too much. There will be problems with Hardey given its his team and not DH’s for sure.

        • Joseph Apohen

          You’re right. I don’t kniow why Boateng, Landry, and Odom were or are still with the team instead of Sasha. At least we know what Sasha can do from past experience. The above three have not shown me anything worth keeping.

          • vdogg

            yeah, we know what sasha can do.. and it’s nothing really good. they called him an ‘eleven o’clock shooter’, because he would rarely miss in practice but then be mediocre in games. let it go already.

          • Joseph Apohen

            You’re probably talking of the past. I think he is still better than those three guys. PJ used him so he can’t be that bad.

          • vdogg

            phil jackson also had adam morrison on the team. and radmanovic. and medvedenko. just because sasha has an annoying personality on the court and gets under people’s skin doesn’t mean he is a good defender.

          • Joseph Apohen

            He may not be as good as a defender that the team wants, nevertheless he is still better than those guys.

    • ra

      Yes, need a little more veteran touch here. There will still be plenty of scrubs to mop up, so might as well go for LO. He would be a good 2nd unit leader, and of course would provide endless team spirit.

  • 2Kupchak..:)

    farmar is the future star point guard in LA along with swaggy ..
    badluck players in this team are wack Sacre and weak Blake..
    these dudes cant score and turn over the ball too many damm times.
    wake up mitch and buss.
    ever since lakers acquired these 2 weak players lakers been losing and having bad luck..for real..
    all the blake and sacre lovers suck up too much..boo..wooo.
    please buss/kupchak u need to let go these 2 losers yo!!
    peace…
    and if dumbtoni dont like it he could and should be traded to..
    3 bad luck pieces so far are sacre, blake and dantoni… :(

    • cj

      sacre is a servisable 3rd string center. blake is slightly over paid at this point but he is a good player as well.

    • jeremy

      what wrong with blake? if it wasnt for him the lakers would of suck at PG when nash was hurt. blake is not a superstar, but he a great back up PG who a pretty good passer. if you forgot he did have games of 10+ assist in his career

      • 5xob

        He sucks period, so we go from one point who gets torched to another one who gets torched lol, you are not going to win with that at point. Nash is clutch blake is not, get rid of him and meeks yell

        • Daryl Peek

          Blake is not clutch?!?

          Who stepped up (averaging 20/5/5) and helped lead the Lakers into the 7th seed last season when both Kobe and Nash were sidelined? Who scored 8 crucial points in the fourth quarter of the 2012 playoffs against the Nuggets, three of the 8 being a game winning 3pt shot that sealed the deal to give the team a 3-1series lead? Who stepped up in the 2011 playoffs defensively when CP3 was torching Derek Fisher?

          …Steve Blake.

    • jeremy

      plus scare still learning and growing as a player. in do time he could be a decent back up center. they wouldnt have sign him long term if the lakers didnt like him

    • 5xob

      I agree about blake, I’m cool with sacre and he’s a good cheerleader. They need to get rid of meeks to yell

  • Daryl Peek

    I’m surprised they did this before the China trip is over? Everyone knew DJO was not making the roster. Landry is still on the team mainly because MDA likes him and he’s the teams defacto China ambassador.

    • cj

      kelly surprised me with his shot.

      • Daryl Peek

        Kelly is very underrated (IMO) due to his injury coming out of Duke. I watched him all season last year and hoped we drafted him given MDA. He’s more than just a shooter. He has very good handles and is a really good team defender. Duke was a much better defensive team when he was on the court.

        With MDA, I was hoping for Kelly or Byron Mullens. Keep an eye on that kid! He’s gonna be a really good bench player for the Clippers.

    • vdogg

      agreed. they couldn’t have waited until they got back to LA to cut the guy? seems kinda odd.

  • Jim213

    SMH, talk about a busy off day for the Lakers today. (fan appreciation day)

  • Legacy0191

    The worst part is that people don’t get to see how good DJO is because of the limited playing time he gets in preseason. Why are starters playing so much mins when they are just playing to get loose and find rhythm. D Antoni plays Blake and he hasn’t look good and with the gam’e that Famar and Nash missed, DJO should have been playing more. How do you know how talented players are if you don’t play them. That’s what the preseason is about.

    • 5xob

      Exactly yell

  • 5xob

    I rather have djo over blake and meeks, shit is stupid, keeping the fucking choir boys, but I guess it’s ok if we’re getting our percy miller on yell

  • Terrence

    A chinese team offered him a contract this week so since they’re already in China and he could start playing with that team immediately the Lakers cut him earlier than usual. He wasn’t going to make the Lakers roster so they actually helped him out releasing him earlier so he could sign that contract immediately.

    • Daryl Peek

      Good stuff!

  • Gregory Choa

    It’s too bad DJO didn’t make the cut because I think the Lakers could actually use one more pure point guard behind Nash and Farmar (I really think of Blake ideally as more of a 2-guard) but, in the final analysis, Harris and Kelly will prove to be the more useful commodity for this team – each in their own way.

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