Tarik Black Rumors

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Black — who leads all rookies in field goal percentage (57.1) and ranks third in rebounds (5.6) — recognizes the progress he has made in his first year. “This is probably the most growth I’ve had in a single season since I started playing basketball,” Black said at practice Saturday. “Honestly, coming into this year … it was offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, set a screen, roll to the basket, catch a lob. … You watch last night’s game, the whole repertoire is coming out now.”
Yet, Black pointed to his surprise cut from Houston as “exactly why it doesn’t give me added comfort.” “I would like to believe they would like to keep me. But going into the summer, you never know what will happen,” Black said. “Either way, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity and have been very fortunate with guys having my back 100 percent and carrying me along the way. That’s what I’m going to keep hanging my hat on. I’ll keep living in the moment and allow God to do what he does for me.”
Black, who actually said “opportunity” 11 times in the first three minutes of an interview Saturday, felt an immediate connection with Scott when the Lakers claimed him. “As soon as I walked through the door, coach shook my hand and told me that as long as I work hard, I’ll be all right out here. Usually coaches don’t even really talk to us like that unless you’re their franchise player or their top draft pick,” Black said. “Undrafted guys? They don’t give you the time of day. Coaches here have shown me love from day one.”
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The Lakers have until 2 p.m. PST on Wednesday to decide on the contracts of Wayne Ellington, Ronnie Price and Tarik Black. All NBA players on nonguaranteed contracts become locked in if not placed on waivers by the Wednesday deadline. Ellington is under contract for $1.1 million, of which $581,692 is guaranteed. Price’s contract is $1.3 million, with $658,405 guaranteed. Black, who was claimed off waivers from the Houston Rockets in late December, is earning a nonguaranteed rookie minimum of $507,336. He’s also under contract next season, at a nonguaranteed $845,059.