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Lakers News: There’s A Reason Why DJO Was Released In China Reviewed by Momizat on . When the Lakers announced this past Wednesday that they released Darius Johnson-Odom, it raised a few eyebrows to those that follow the team. The releasing of J When the Lakers announced this past Wednesday that they released Darius Johnson-Odom, it raised a few eyebrows to those that follow the team. The releasing of J Rating:
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Lakers News: There’s A Reason Why DJO Was Released In China

DJOWhen the Lakers announced this past Wednesday that they released Darius Johnson-Odom, it raised a few eyebrows to those that follow the team. The releasing of Johnson-Odom is not what alarmed people, it was the fact that he was let go in China, and wasn’t allowed to finish the experience with the team prior to returning back to Los Angeles.

A pretty odd train of events for a player trying to make an NBA roster right? Well, not so much. Following being released from the Lakers, Johnson-Odom came to terms with a Chinese pro basketball team according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. The deal is estimated to be worth $400,000.

Johnson-Odom reportedly had been pondering the offer for about a week, and made the decision to accept it once the Lakers notified him that he likely would be cut from the roster.

In three pre-season games, Johnson-Odom averaged 3.7 points per game, and never really got the opportunity to make an impression on the Lakers coaching staff. This marks the second time he has been cut from the Lakers after being drafted 55th overall in 2012.

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  • Jim213

    Old news brought this up a day earlier.

  • Zimmeredge

    and never really got the opportunity to make an impression on the Lakers coaching staff

    ok that is wrong and unfair. he played a lot. he had the chance to show his talent.
    some players make the roster and some others don’t. Landry and him… you can’t really save them for what they’ve shown. Shawne and Henry won their places.

  • C*HarrisTHEboss

    Im just glad he signed somewhere – he has talent.

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