Saturday, October 09, 1999

Lakers release Levett




        SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The Los Angeles Lakers have granted rookie Melvin Levett's request to be released.

        The University of Cincinnati product, a long shot to make the roster, wanted a chance to win a job elsewhere, the team said.

        Levett, an honorable mention All-America in 1998, was acquired from the Detroit Pistons after the 1999 NBA draft in exchange for disgruntled guard Derek Harper.

        Had Levett made the team, the Lakers would have owed the Pistons a second-round draft choice because Harper is expected to retire rather than play for Detroit.

       



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