HoopsHype Derrick Caracter rumors


October 4, 2010 Updates
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Derrick Caracter's contract, which holds a weight clause, became fully guaranteed on Friday afternoon when the Los Angeles Lakers started training camp. Caracter weighed in below 275 lbs. so he will receive $473,000 next season rather than $250,000, which would have been salary had he exceeded the specified weight. Caracter has completely changed his eating and exercise habits and those close to him doubt that he'll ever exceed 275 lbs. again because of his lifestyle change. HoopsWorld

September 15, 2010 Updates

Caracter said his path to the NBA has made him stronger in his faith and resolve to steer clear of any and all issues. His weight is holding at 275 pounds, which adheres to a clause in his Lakers contract, and he is taking a more humble approach in the pros. "I've learned not to worry about the extra stuff," he said. "I enjoy the game of basketball and this is all I do now. I don't have school to worry about anymore so I'm concentrating on just doing my job and we'll see how it goes." Orange County Register

September 14, 2010 Updates
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Conditioning -- and a commitment to it -- was the question about Caracter coming into the draft. Skills and body he had, but what about the work ethic and desire? The Lakers came up with a clever way to push him, as reported by Sham Sports: Caracter has a $473,000 contract this year with $250,000 guaranteed. If Caracter weighs 275 pounds or less on Sept. 10, the contract becomes fully guaranteed. NBCSports.com

September 2, 2010 Updates
September 1, 2010 Updates

Lakers rookie Derrick Caracter has thought better of reminding everyone besides himself he dropped all the way to the No. 58 overall pick in the NBA draft. Caracter is planning to wear No. 45 with the Lakers instead of the No. 58 he previously chose. Caracter will have to make the team to make it matter, but he and fellow rookie Devin Ebanks had good summer-league time under new full-time Lakers assistant Chuck Person — whose No. 45 jersey hangs from the rafters at his alma mater, Auburn, and served him well in his NBA career. Orange County Register

August 13, 2010 Updates

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Derrick Caracter, it was announced today. Per team policy terms of the agreement were not released. Caracter, a 22 year-old early entry candidate selected by the Lakers with the 58th pick in the 2010 NBA draft, played two seasons at Louisville before transferring to the University of Texas at El Paso, where he averaged 14.1 points and 8.1 rebounds in 27 games as a junior with the Miners. Named Second Team All-Conference USA last season, the 6’9” forward ranked second in the conference and 16th nationally in field goal percentage (.567). NBA.com

August 12, 2010 Updates

The Lakers other second-round draft pick, Derrick Caracter, a 6-9 big man selected No. 58 out of the University of Texas El Paso, has also agreed to terms with the team. Caracter is flying out to Los Angeles on Thursday to officially sign with the team Friday, according to Caracter's agent, Happy Walters. Walters said Caracter's deal is guaranteed at the rookie minimum for 2010-11 with a team option in place worth approximately $788,000 for the following season. Caracter averaged 14.1 points and 8.1 rebounds in his lone season with UTEP after transferring from Louisville. ESPN.com

Alex Kennedy: The Lakers have agreed to a two-year deal with Derrick Caracter. Caracter had several large offers overseas but wanted to be a Laker. Twitter

July 29, 2010 Updates

Hapoel Jerusalem is really interested in Derrick Caracter next season, and will make a push to sign him next season. The 22-year-old American center, selected with the 58th overall pick by the Lakers in the last NBA draft from the University of Texas-El Paso, is also reported to be on the radar of Olympiakos and several Italian and Spanish clubs. The Hoops Market

July 25, 2010 Updates
July 23, 2010 Updates

The signings of Barnes and Ratliff give the Lakers only 11 players on their roster, two shy of the NBA minimum. It's likely they would sign draft picks Derrick Caracter and Devin Ebanks, who impressed during summer league play. Last season, the Lakers carried 13players on their roster en route to winning their second consecutive NBA championship. Caracter and Ebanks would draw non-guaranteed contracts because they are second-round selections. Their salaries could be less than $500,000 each. Los Angeles Daily News

July 16, 2010 Updates
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Second-round draft picks Devin Ebanks, selected No. 43 out of West Virginia, and Derrick Caracter, picked No. 58 out of UTEP, both came away looking like steals in their first taste of NBA action. Ebanks, the 6-9, 210-pound Trevor Ariza body double at small forward (he even wore Ariza's No. 3), led the Lakers with 21 points to go with two assists and two steals. Caracter, 6-9 and now 270 pounds -- after losing more than 30 pounds since college -- added 20 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in the Lakers' 89-84 loss to the Pistons. "I think both Caracter and Ebanks showed themselves capable of being in the league and being on the roster," said Chuck Person, the Lakers' coach for the five games the team will play in the Las Vegas Summer League. ESPN.com

June 28, 2010 Updates

The Lakers are considering adding Samardo Samuels and Javaris Crittenton to their Summer League roster alongside the two second round picks, Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter. Those are the only names I've heard thus far. HoopsWorld

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