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Lakers sign C Eric Boateng and G Darius Johnson-Odom

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The Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night signed free agent center Eric Boateng and guard Darius Johnson-Odom to one-year non-guaranteed contracts, according to a team press release.

Johnson-Odom deal is expected to be worth $788,872 and Boateng at $490,180.

 Boateng went undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draft out of Arizona State University and has spent the last three seasons splitting time playing in the NBA’s Development League for the Idaho Stampede and the Austin Toros along with playing overseas with the Peristeri of the Greek Basket League and the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig in Germany.

He spent his freshman year in college at Duke before transferring to Arizona State University and for his total collegiate career he averaged 4.3 points and 3.5 rebounds in 13.8 minutes over 116 games. He is also a member of the national basketball team for Great Britain.

Johnson-Odom was drafted out of Marquette with the 55th overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft  and was acquired by Los Angeles from the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for cash considerations. Last season, he appeared in four games in which he totaled four rebounds and one assists in six minutes. He also participated 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 per game.

The 23-year-old was waived by the Lakers in January and finished the rest of the 2012-13 season playing for BC Spartak Saint Petersburg in Russia. In the 2013 NBA Summer League games held in Orlando and Las Vegas he played in three games for the Boston Celtics summer league team in Orlando where he averaged 10.3 points and 1.3 assists in 23.7 minutes per game. He also played in six games for the Denver Nuggets summer league team in Las Vegas, which he averaged 7.2 points and 3.0 assists in 15.8 minutes per game.

The signing of Boateng and Johnson-Odom now puts the team with 18 players under a deal with seven inked to non-guaranteed or partially guaranteed contracts. Los Angeles has room to add up to two additional players to training camp, which begins on Saturday.

 Photo Credit: Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE/Getty Images

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia is a sports journalist from Southern California. He was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90.

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