Thursday , Oct , 06 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Lakers waive Divac

EL Segundo, CA (Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Lakers waived center Vlade
Divac on Thursday.

The 37-year-old Divac reportedly said earlier this year he would retire as a
player, but intended to stay with the Lakers as an assistant coach and
international scout.

Divac spent the 2004-05 campaign in his second stint with the Lakers, but
missed much of the season due to a herniated disc in his back. In only 15
games, he averaged 2.3 points and 2.1 rebounds.

A former first-round pick of the Lakers in the 1989 draft (26th overall),
Divac posted 11.9 points and 8.3 boards per contest during his 16-year career.

Divac spent the first seven years of his career in L.A. before being
traded to the Charlotte Hornets in the deal that sent Kobe Bryant to Los
Angeles. After two seasons with the Hornets (1996-98), Divac signed as a free
agent with Sacramento, where he stayed for the next six campaigns. Divac then
signed with the Lakers prior to last season.

A 2001 All-Star, Divac led Yugoslavia (now Serbia-Montenegro) to a gold medal
at the 2002 World Championships in Indianapolis. He also earned silver medals
with Yugoslavia at the 1988 and 1996 Olympic games.

The Lakers also signed center Adam Parada on Thursday. A 7-foot center out of
UC Irvine, Parada most recently played for a team in the NBA Development
League.

LAL