Tarik Black came into the league as a hard-working undrafted free agent out of Kansas University by way of Memphis university. He was picked up by the Houston Rockets on August 27th 2014 however he was waived later that year on December 26th. The Lakers claimed him off waivers 2 days later and he spent the remainder of the year between the Lakers and their D-League Affiliate D-fenders. He was known as a high energy big man that came off the bench however, in his second season Byron relegated him to the bench and he was only able to get garbage time minutes.
Fortunately, the front office saw the same thing that the fans saw, and he was signed to a 2-year deal on August 24th 2016. The second year was not guaranteed. He had a great year and played well in just about every game he played in. Unlike Byron Scott and his “your height means you’re in supposed to play the 4”, Luke played him at the 5 and he flourished. At least he flourished as much as one would expect him to. Averaging 5.7 points and 3 rebounds doesn’t really tell the story of what black provided for the team. That’s said on July 1st it was handed down, and expected, that his $6.7 million-dollar team option was not picked up and he was waived.
OFFICIAL: Lakers Waive Tarik Black https://t.co/OCSMCa5ygV
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Tarik Black will test the waters of free agency, and it is very likely that someone will grab him. Black was pure energy off the bench. Whether he was getting 20 mins or 5 mins he was always ready to go at a moment’s notice. A hard worker an all-around great person and teammate. I do not expect him to be on the market long. Fairwell Tarik Black it has been wonderful.
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