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Derrick Caracter | Forward

Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/4/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 275
College: Texas-El Paso
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Former Lakers big man Derrick Caracter has agreed to a deal with the Brazilian team Flamengo.
Caracter had a rocky NCAA career before the Lakers drafted him in 2010, but he played only 41 NBA games before bouncing around the D-League from 2011-2014. He'll earn more money playing for Flamengo than he would with the Idaho Stampede, and hopefully the 26-year-old will establish a successful international career. Sep 21 - 6:01 PM

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Former Lakers forward Derrick Caracter is reportedly headed to Rio Grande of the D-League.

Caracter, who underwent knee surgery in December, was waived by the Lakers earlier this month. The 2010 second-round pick averaged 2.1 points for the Lakers last season.
Wed, Feb 22, 2012 06:51:00 PM

Lakers waived F Derrick Caracter.

Caracter underwent knee surgery in December, killing any chance the 2010 second-round pick had for production.
Tue, Feb 7, 2012 03:17:00 PM

Lakers assigned F Derrick Caracter to the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League.

Caracter appears to be ready for game action coming off knee surgery, but doesn't figure into the Lakers' immediate plans. The 2010 second-round pick averaged 2.1 points per game for the Lakers last season.
Wed, Jan 25, 2012 04:19:00 PM

Derrick Caracter (knee surgery) practiced Saturday and could play at some point in the next week.

He had surgery in mid-December and is almost ready to return. The Lakers could use him for depth, but he won't have any fantasy value.
Sat, Jan 21, 2012 06:34:00 PM

Lakers power forward Derrick Caracter is slated to miss at least 4-6 weeks after knee surgery on Wednesday.

Caracter was potentially going to factor into the Lakers' mix at power forward, but any such plans are now obviously on hold. Caracter averaged 2.0 points in 41 games last year as a rookie.
Wed, Dec 14, 2011 02:14:00 PM

Lakers power forward Derrick Caracter tore cartilage in his left knee on Tuesday and is set to undergo surgery on Wednesday.

There's no timetable on his return, but early reports are that he could miss a couple months. The pending signing of Josh McRoberts just became a lot more meaningful. The Lakers are already reeling from the loss of Lamar Odom to Dallas, and are very thin at power forward.
Tue, Dec 13, 2011 05:28:00 PM

Derrick Caracter suffered a potentially serious knee injury in practice on Monday.

Caracter is getting medical tests right now, and it shouldn't be long before we have an update on his condition. With Lamar Odom in Dallas, the signing of Josh McRoberts looms especially large if Caracter is forced to missed a significant amount of time.
Tue, Dec 13, 2011 04:11:00 PM

Derrick Caracter believes that the Lakers will pick up his $788,872 option for the 2011-12 season.

"I’m pretty confident that they’ll pick it up based on our conversations [in my exit interview]," Caracter said. He averaged just two points as a rookie and would likely remain buried on the bench if he returns to the Lakers.
Wed, Sep 14, 2011 04:26:00 PM

Derrick Caracter is on a customized weight plan in order to keep his weight down during the offseason.

This is good news considering that Caracter had a weight clause in his contract that guaranteed his money if he checked in at 275 lbs prior to September 10th, and he did exactly that. It's good to see that he's making a commitment to keeping his weight in check, and he could prove to be a nice piece for the Lakers off the bench moving forward.
Tue, Aug 30, 2011 10:41:00 AM

The waitress that Derrick Caracter was arrested for "grabbing and pulling" is apparently not pregnant, and was a cashier as opposed to a waitress, based on a new report released by New Orleans police.

While this probably won't help Caracter much from a legal standpoint, it does make the story seem slightly less harsh in the headlines. Either way, he's been charged with battery, resisting arrest and public intoxication, and these are the kind of incidents that can end careers when the player in question isn't a superstar. And clearly, Caracter's future is up in the air.
Mon, Apr 25, 2011 02:48:00 PM

Updating a previous item, Derrick Caracter's arrest was for "grabbing and pulling" a pregnant waitress at IHOP in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Now that the details have been released, it looks even worse for the Lakers' rookie. He was also reportedly acting drunk and disorderly prior to his detainment, and it should be interesting to see how the league handles such a serious allegation once they have a chance to review the case.
Mon, Apr 25, 2011 12:09:00 PM

Forward Derrick Caracter was arrested for assault after an alleged altercation near the team hotel early Sunday morning.

Caracter has hardly seen the court this season for the Lakers after bouncing between the big club and the NBADL, and this allegation certainly won't help him ascertain any more minutes in the rotation.
Mon, Apr 25, 2011 09:17:00 AM

The Lakers have recalled Derrick Caracter from the D-League.

Caracter has been up and down from the D-League multiple times in the past few weeks, but his return doesn't have any impact. The rookie big man has averaged 2.0 points per game this season.
Wed, Apr 13, 2011 01:56:00 PM

The Lakers have reassigned Derrick Caracter to the D-League.

His most recent call-up to the Lakers lasted just over 24 hours. The rookie big man has averaged just 2.0 points this season.
Wed, Apr 6, 2011 05:17:00 PM

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