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Lakers news: Team waives Tarik Black

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The Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday afternoon announced the decision to waive veteran big man Tarik Black

The move comes just a few days before the $6.6 million on the second year of his two-year, $12.8 million deal became guaranteed for the 2017-18 season. 

Black took to Instagram on Saturday to voice his appreciation for his time with the team. 

In his 2 1/2 seasons with the Lakers, Black etched out a consistent role off the bench where he averaged 5.5 points on 54.3 percent shooting from the field with 5.1 rebounds in 144 career games with 43 starts. 

Last season, the 25-year-old averaged 5.7 points with 5.1 rebounds in 16.3 minutes per game while making 61 appearances with 16 starts. He scored in double figures seven times while registering a pair of double-doubles, and led the team in rebounds 10 times and blocks on 21 occasions. 

With Black off the books, it pushes the team’s salary-cap room for this offseason to just over $17 million. This could provide additional room to sign players via free agency with a need to bring aboard more shooting. 

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, 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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