Los Angeles Lakers claim center Tarik Black from Houston, waive injured guard Xavier Henry


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    LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers have claimed center Tarik Black off waivers from the Houston Rockets.

    The Lakers waived injured guard Xavier Henry to make room on their roster Sunday.

    The 6-foot-9 Black started 12 of his 25 games this season for Houston after making the roster as an undrafted free agent. He averaged 4.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game while making 54.2 percent of his shots with the Rockets, who waived him Friday.

    Black spent his final college season at Kansas after playing three seasons at Memphis in his hometown.

    Henry tore his left Achilles tendon in practice Nov. 24, ending his second season with Los Angeles. He has showed promise while appearing in 52 games for the Lakers, but has been dogged by injuries throughout his tenure.

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