Vlade Divac was placed on waivers by the Lakers yesterday, apparently ending his long career.
When asked if he was disappointed, Coach Phil Jackson replied: "I'm disappointed Vlade wasn't the performer of five years ago, but that's the way it is."
The Lakers had the option of picking up a one-year, $5.4 million contract option or buying Divac out for $2 million. The 7-foot-1, 260-pound center, one of the first Europeans to make a significant impact in the NBA, will be owed the $2 million if he clears waivers, which seems a sure thing.
The 37-year-old Divac underwent back surgery in January, and played in only 15 games for the Lakers last season, averaging 2.3 points and 2.1 rebounds. He averaged 11.9 points and 8.3 rebounds in 15 previous NBA seasons -- seven with the Lakers, two with Charlotte and six with Sacramento.
Divac joins centers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players in league history to get 13,000 points, 9,000 rebounds, 3,000 assists and 1,500 blocked shots.
* ON HOLD: Eddy Curry's status with the Knicks remained unsettled, with the team waiting for medical tests on his irregular heartbeat.
Knicks President Isiah Thomas said the team does not have all the information needed to evaluate whether Curry is healthy enough. Curry, the Bulls' top scorer last season at 16.1 points a game, missed the final 13 games of the year and the playoffs after his condition was discovered.
The 6-foot-11 center was traded this week from Chicago with Antonio Davis for Tim Thomas, Michael Sweetney and Jermaine Jackson.
Isiah Thomas expected Curry to be practicing with his new teammates at the College of Charleston (S.C.) by now.
The club also was waiting for Curry's medical records from Chicago. The deadline for the deal is 6 p.m. today.
* MOVES: The SuperSonics picked up options on G Luke Ridnour and F Nick Collison for the 2006-07 season.
-- From News Services