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Lakers let veteran Divac go

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 LAKERS NOTES: Coach Phil Jackson said the potential in forward Kwame Brown crystallized for him when he saw tape of a game from March 2004, Brown’s third season with Washington, where he totaled a career-high 30 points and 19 rebounds against Chris Webber and the Sacramento Kings. “We don’t expect Kwame to average 30 points and 19 rebounds a game,” Jackson said, “but we would like to see him have opportunities to have games like that. And go along with games that are maybe 10-and-10, which is perfectly fine with us, too.” HONOLULU — The Lakers released center Vlade Divac, who is expected to retire after 16 seasons, on Thursday, and signed former UC Irvine center Adam Parada. Divac’s back remains uncooperative nine months after he underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc. Divac played only 15 games last season and the Lakers faced a decision of whether to bring him back for $5.4 million or buy out his final year for $2 million. General manager Mitch Kupchak said there was interest from teams in trading for Divac but the Lakers would have had to take back a player who was either injured or had a bad contract. Divac presented an option for teams looking to create salary-cap space. The 37-year-old center owns a unique place in Lakers history, as the center who replaced both Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal. He also brought Kobe Bryant to the Lakers in a 1996 trade with Charlotte and helped turn around the Kings during six seasons. “I don’t think there’s any doubt that he’s the premier European player to play in the NBA,” Kupchak said. “When he came to Los Angeles in (1989) as a 19-year-old player, it was groundbreaking news for a European player to come over here.” center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more