As the tipoff of the 2013-2014 NBA season looms closer teams are starting to trim the extra fat off their rosters and get ready opening night. Darius Johnson-Odom happens to be a casualty on the Los Angeles Lakers‘ list. Although the Lakers are in China for an eight day excursion and it may seem odd that they chose to part ways with Johnson-Odom on the trip it actually benefited him by allowing him to take an offer from a Chinese Pro Basketball team to play professionally in China this season. Since Johnson-Odom was a long shot to make the Lakers’ final squad this worked out for both parties involved.
Darius Johnson-Odom never made much of a splash in the NBA. He played three years for Marquette before being drafted in the second round of the 2012 draft by the Dallas Mavericks, who promptly traded him away to the Lakers. There he spent the majority of the season playing in the NBA’s D-League and only appeared in four games for the Lakers before being cut at the beginning of January. Johnson-Odom then headed to Russia and finished out last season playing for Spartak St. Petersburg. This offseason he spent some time playing NBA Summer League basketball with both the Boston Celtics and the Lakers before eventually being signed by the Lakers only to be waived again.
This will be the last we see of Darius Johnson-Odom playing basketball in the United States for awhile, although I’m sure Lakers Nation wishes him well as he looks to continue his professional basketball career elsewhere.
The Lakers’ roster is now down to 16 members so expect at least one more cut, but probably at least two, before opening night of the 2013-14 NBA season.