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Lakers waive Divac; retirement for big man next?

Updated: October 6, 2005, 8:21 PM ET
Associated Press

HONOLULU -- Vlade Divac was placed on waivers by the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, apparently ending his long career.

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.

"If he could play, he would play," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak ...

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