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Lakers cut reserve power forward Derrick Caracter

February 7, 2012 |  2:55 pm


Derrick Caracter was waived by the Lakers on Tuesday, three days before all non-guaranteed contracts became guaranteed the rest of the season.

Caracter, 23, did not play with the Lakers this season. The reserve power forward sustained torn cartilage in his left knee in training camp and missed more than a month after undergoing surgery.

He recently played four games with the Lakers' Development League affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders, and averaged 15.5 points and 7.5 rebounds.

The Lakers have three other players on non-guaranteed contracts but all are expected to be retained past Friday's deadline: Rookie guards Andrew Goudelock and Darius Morris, and second-year forward Devin Ebanks.

Caracter averaged two points and one rebound in 41 games last season. He was taken 58th overall out of Texas El Paso in the 2010 draft. He would have been on the books for $788,782 this season if he had been retained.

The Lakers now have 14 players on their roster, one below the league maximum.

--Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Derrick Caracter sees action against the Blazers early in his rookie season. Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times / November 7, 2010