On Sunday, the Lakers claimed former
Black was released on Friday by the Rockets, who needed a roster spot to sign forward
The 6-foot-11 rookie went undrafted in June, but averaged 4.2 points on 54.2% shooting, along with 5.1 rebounds a game through 25 appearances and 12 starts with the Rockets.
To make room, the Lakers waived swingman
Henry played in nine games for the Lakers this season, averaging 2.2 points a game. The team is still obligated to pay him his full $1.1 million contract.
Black is on a two-year, non-guaranteed deal at $507,336 for the current season, and $845,059 for 2015-16. The Lakers can make him a restricted free agent before the 2016-17 season with a $1.2 million qualifying offer.
With the move, the Lakers' payroll increases to $70.2 million for the season, well below the
Because Black is on a league minimum contract, the Lakers were able to acquire him without using either of their disabled player exceptions ($4.9 million and $1.5 million), granted for
Via Twitter, Black expressed gratitude to the Lakers for picking him up, "What basketball player doesn't grow up wishing to play for [an] historic organization like the @Lakers. Thank you for the opportunity LA!!!"