- © RIA Novosti. Alex Philippov
© RIA Novosti. Alex Philippov
MOSCOW, January 24 (R-Sport) – Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Darius Johnson-Odom has joined Russian team Spartak St. Petersburg until the end of the season.
Johnson-Odom was waived by the Lakers earlier this month after making just four appearances and spending most of the season in the D-League.
The 23 year old will join Spartak as a substitute for Patrick Beverley, who left Russia for the Houston Rockets last month.
“Darius Johnson-Odom joined Spartak. We signed a one-plus-one agreement with an extension option,” the team's sporting director Alexei Karvanen told R-Sport.
“He is a more attacking guard than Patrick Beverly, however he wants to play point guard. We’ll see how he blends into the team.”
Karvanen added that the guard would soon arrive in St. Petersburg and probably debut against Polish team Zielona Gora on Wednesday.
Johnson-Odom spent three seasons with Marquette University before he was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in 2012 and traded to the Lakers.
Spartak currently tops Group A in the VTB United League and stands third in the Russian PBL.