After only one season in purple and gold, Chris Duhon is headed back for the open market.
Last season, Duhon played in 46 games (nine starts) for the Lakers. During that time, he averaged 2.9 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 17.8 minutes per game. Apart from a few big games (three games of double-digit scoring), Duhon struggled to make a consistent impact for the Lakers, a big part of why the team opted to hand him his walking papers.
By waiving Duhon, the Lakers also saved more than $2.25 million in salary space for the upcoming 2013-2014 season. Duhon was set to receive $3.75 million, but will only get the $1.5 million that his contract guaranteed because they waived him on Saturday. Had they waited until Sunday to make the move, all of his 2013-2014 money would have been guaranteed. With their always-ugly salary situation, the Lakers will take any extra room they can get.
Year after year, the picture is becoming clearer as to why Duhon has never managed to stick with a particular team. As a role player for the Lakers, he struggled to make his mark in Los Angeles, shooting only 38.2 percent from the field in limited opportunities and pitching in minimal point production. Even on defense, he was a liability.
Whether it was lack of effectiveness or money, the Lakers had their reasons for letting Duhon go. The roster is in the early stages of a semi-rebuild, which means that others will be on the chopping block as well.
Duhon is just one of the first dominos to fall…