Lakers add Darius Johnson-Odom and Eric Boateng to training camp roster

In hopes of making training camp more competitive and a chance to rest some of the team’s veterans, the Lakers expanded their roster Wednesday by signing center Eric Boeteng and guard Darius Johnson-Odom to one-year, non guaranteed deals.

Johnson-Odom and Boeteng will earn the veteran’s minimum worth $788,872 and $490,180, respectively. Boeteng went undrafed in 2010 from Arizona State, while Johnson-Odom was drafted by the Lakers 55th overall last season. The Lakers waived the Marquette guard in January, and Johnson-Odom soon played for BC Spartak Saint Petersburg in Russia. Although the Lakers didn’t keep Johnson-Odom, they loved his athleticism.

The Lakers currently have 18 players on their roster and could add two more players before training camp begins Saturday. Among those players, seven have non-guaranteed or partially guaranteed deals, including Shawne Williams (partial), Elias Harris (partial), Xavier Henry (non-guarantee), Ryan Kelly (non guarantee) and Marcus Landry (non guarantee).

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said Wednesday he’s open in fielding a 14 or 15-player roster. All NBA teams can carry a maximum of 15 for the regular season.


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  • John

    Free Agent – Player Jahsha Bluntt would destroy the majority of the players on this training camp roster for the Lakers yet he’s not on this list. He played in this summer’s Nike Drew League with the likes of Kevin Durant and played on the same ‘Money Gang’ team as James Harden and Rapper, the Game. Received multiple Nike Top Performers recognition this summer. Coach KupChack should seriously bring this guy in for a workout. Bluntt would not disappoint and most definitely would make Coach rethink the players he has on partial guaranteed deals.