Lakers News: Lakers Sign Eric Boateng and Darius Johnson-Odom

Lakers News: Lakers Sign Eric Boateng and Darius Johnson-Odom


Utah Jazz v Los Angeles LakersThe Lakers have added two more players to their training camp roster, it was announced today. Center Eric Boateng and guard Darius Johnson-Odom have both been invited to training camp.

Johnson-Odom is a familiar name in Lakers territory. He was the 55th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and was acquired by the Lakers on draft night. Before being waived by the Lakers in January, the North Carolina native actually appeared in four games for the Lakers last season and 13 games for the Los Angeles D-Fenders. While with the D-Fenders, he averaged 21.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 39.8 minutes.

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Boateng has spent the last three seasons splitting his time between the NBA’s Development League and playing internationally. The 6-10 center, out of Arizona State University is also a member of the Great Britain national basketball team.

With the signing of Boateng and Johnson-Odom, the Lakers training camp roster currently stands at 18 players. NBA teams are allotted a maximum number of 15 in the regular season (minimum of 13). In a press conference this afternoon, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak hinted that they may be able to justify keeping 14 or 15 going into the regular season.

For the full Lakers press release, click below.


EL SEGUNDO – The Los Angeles Lakers have signed center Eric Boateng and guard Darius Johnson-Odom, it was announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreements were not released.

Boateng, a free agent center out of Arizona State University, has split time over the last three seasons playing for the Idaho Stampede and the Austin Toros of the NBA’s Development League in addition to playing internationally for the Greek Basket League team Peristeri and the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig in Germany. The 6-10 center, who played one year (2005-06) at Duke before transferring to Arizona State University (2007-10), finished his collegiate career averaging 4.3 points and 3.5 rebounds in 13.8 minutes over 116 games. Born in London, Boateng is also a member of the Great Britain national basketball team.

Johnson-Odom, the 55th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, was acquired by the Lakers from the Dallas Mavericks on draft night. The 6-2 guard out of Marquette appeared in four games for the Lakers last season, where he totaled four rebounds and one assist in six minutes. Johnson-Odom also played in 13 games for the Los Angeles D-Fenders where he averaged 21.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 39.8 minutes. After being waived by the Lakers in January, the Raleigh, North Carolina native spent the remainder of the 2012-13 season playing in Russia for BC Spartak Saint Petersburg.

Most recently, Johnson-Odom participated in the 2013 NBA Summer League games held in Orlando and Las Vegas. In three games as a member of the Boston Celtics summer league entry in Orlando, Johnson-Odom averaged 10.3 points and 1.3 assists in 23.7 minutes. In six games played as a member of Denver’s summer league team in Las Vegas, Johnson-Odom averaged 7.2 points and 3.0 assists in 15.8 minutes.

The Lakers training camp roster now stands at 18 players. [/showhide]

  • Jim213

    This makes 18 players total (I believe) of which 11 have guaranteed contracts. Thus, 7 or 8 (with another addition) will be buying for 2 or 3 spots though 15 players are allowed. I still say that Elias Harris and Shawne Williams will make the cut but 1 or 2 players could still be added.

    Training camp the 29th (if correct).

    • cj

      truth be told camp has allredy started its just not nba mandated

      • richard

        yes, and that is a really good thing for this squad. It shows that everybody wants to really do well this season. It shows chemistry, and camaraderie… that will only translate into good things on the court come game time.

      • Daryl Peek

        All the new guys have been in the training facility for a couple of months now. Kobe has not been on the basketball court yet. Gasol either.

        • savi

          I saw a post with Pau singing songs the other day, I hope he has also gotten better in shape and knows what he’s doing, ofcourse he’s a winner

      • Jim213

        We know but the issue is how many players will the team actually have this season. 13 players are only allowed to suit up but given that KB24 may be placed on the injury list at 1st I’d say it’s likely to expect 14 players though they may opt for 15.

        • cj

          i see them keeping 15 and i fully think kobe starts game 1 vs the clippers

          • Jim213

            If he’s up to par with his strength and conditioning I believe so otherwise I’d expect him 1st or 2nd wk of Dec, IMO.

    • Daryl Peek

      Kupchak said they’d likely have 20 in camp. Their gonna carry 15 for the first time so they can reduce minutes.

  • richard

    I have always liked DJO’s game… I think with 1 year staying on the d-league and playing a few NBA games under his belt has given him good feel of what he can do in this level offensively. His defense though is better than meeks… IMO

    • Jim213

      Given the position, don’t see DJO being picked up unless they intend on making a trade to alleviate cap tax. Top 4 IMO, S Williams, E Harris, X Henry, and M Landry unless a few more players are brought into camp.

  • The Rock

    Darius Johnson-Odom is a serious prospect.Boston and Denver had him in the Summer League and he played very good IMO.Things are looking good in Laker Land.What i see in DJO is a rotation player that can develop into being a starter if ever given a chance.He reminds me of Sleepy Floyd with more hops.

    As far as Eric Boateng goes he is a hardworking big man that was rated the 3rd best center coming out of High School behind Andrew Bynum and Amir Johnson he went to Duke but later was a transfer to ASU he was the heart and soul of the ASU team in his senior year and now he is 27 and was playing overseas.

    I think he can be a decent backup big somewhere in the NBA but it would be nice for him to make the Lakers crowded roster.Can’t teach size he is nearly seven feet tall standing 6’10.Could be a option if Sacre really sucks bad.Lakers going overseas to bring in players is a great sign of things to come.

  • boccs5

    Hopefully blake is trade bait yell

  • defense?

    darius is athletic and can score, but if his defense his just as good as his offense he has a spot. he needs to be a stopper and play great defense to make the team. eric. b. is unheard of. might just be another player to scrimmage during camp we’ll see…

  • Jim213

    Ramona Shelburne: the Lakers have invited Dan Gadzuric to camp, according to sources. This would make 19 players and may likely be the last pickup per Kupcake stating 19-20 players could participate in training camp.

    DG would get limited minutes if he makes the final roster given age (35 yrs) and the availability of players within the position (C).

    • Daryl Peek

      From what I understand Gadzuric is just a camp body given Kelly’s not ready just yet.

  • ra

    The Lakers B-League is alive and ready to play in the NBA. Scrub-city, armed and dangerous.