Originally written on Laker Nation  |  Last updated 10/21/14
Photo by: Getty ImagesThe Los Angeles Lakers have assigned rookie guard Darius Johnson-Odom to the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the team’s representative in the Developmental League, as reports ESPN’s Dave Mcmenamin. The former 55th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft made his regular season debut last Friday night against the Warriors, hitting the court for the last 41 seconds of the contest. Now, he will earn some much-needed playing time to continue to develop his raw potential and stay in game-shape.The 6’2 Johnson-Odom impressed the Lakers coaching staff in Training Camp and pre-season with his excellent athletic ability, which granted the rookie with a spot in the final roster. But with the tough competition for playing time with veterans such as Steve Blake, Jodie Meeks and Chris Duhon, not to mention the sophomore Darius Morris, “DJO” was not getting significant time on the court with the Lakers anytime soon. A move to the D-League could prove to be very benefitial to the youngster as he tries to improve as a player and open up some eyes at the higher level.Johnson-Odom’s departure to the D-League does not clear a roster spot for the Lakers, who will still have to count him towards the 15-men limit as the D-Fenders will have their regular-season debut on November 28th.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Giants dethrone Royals in Game 1 of World Series

Wife of Royals pitcher leaves World Series ticket as tip

Report: Chandler Jones to miss a month with hip injury

Lance Briggs left Bears' locker room to avoid the fighting

Could the Seahawks have gotten more for Percy Harvin?

Five storylines to watch in the 2014 World Series

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Favre delays Lambeau return due to Bart Starr’s health

Cowboys release Michael Sam from practice squad

Fan in critical condition after being beaten before Bears game

Ben Roethlisberger rips the media

Tim Tebow: Gators don't have offensive leadership, lack heart

Colts punter asks Antonio Brown not to kick him in face

Royals fans sleeping during Game 1 loss at World Series

Matt Flynn had a blast at Pearl Jam concert

Report: Back injury could end Nathan Horton's career

Report: Ray Rice files grievance against Ravens

UEFA Champions League midway report: Groups E – H

PHOTO: Fans place Manning’s 509 football in Hall of Fame

Jets sign Jeremy Kerley to $16M 4-year extension

10 teams that should try to trade for Yoenis Cespedes

Lego stadiums: turning a childhood hobby into a business

Bayless: Kobe's sexual assault trial gave him 'edge' and 'sizzle'

Blackhawks make leukemia patient's dream come true

College football's post-Week 8 Playoff projection

Lakers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Royals fans sleeping during Game 1

Rice files grievance against Ravens

UEFA Champions League midway report

Cowboys release Michael Sam

Bayless: Kobe's sexual assault trial gave him 'edge'

10 teams that should try to trade for Yoenis Cespedes

Five storylines to watch in the 2014 World Series

Ben Roethlisberger rips media

NFL Power Rankings Week 7

Pistorius sentenced to five years

Lane Kiffin trashed in political ad

Details of War Machine's suicide letter leaked

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.