Tarik Black is returning to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The 24-year-old big man was a restricted free agent this summer, meaning the Lakers would be able to match any offer Black received elsewhere, though the team decided to lock him up now.
Could this be because other teams were showing interest in Black? Probably, seeing as the big man showed flashes of being an extremely useful player during his first two seasons in Los Angeles.
According to Shams Charania from The Vertical, the Lakers and Black agreed to a two-year deal worth $12.85 million. The contract contains a trade kicker and has a guarantee date in the second year of the deal.
In his first season with the Lakers, Black averaged 7.2 points and 6.3 rebounds in 21.1 minutes per game, though his numbers dropped in 2015-16 due to Byron Scott lowering his minutes to just 12.7 per contest. That’s almost certain to change next season as Black will likely serve as Timofey Mozgov’s full-time backup.
Charania notes that Black played for new Lakers head coach Luke Walton during his time at the University of Memphis during the last NBA lockout and the pair had lengthy conversations that led to Black’s return, according to the report.