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Marcelo Huertas thanks Lakers fans on Instagram before leaving Los Angeles

#TheCatalyst says goodbye.

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Detroit Pistons Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers may have traded Marcelo Huertas to the Houston Rockets for Tyler Ennis at the NBA trade deadline, but he was soon bought out of his contract and has sat in free agency ever since..

Anyone paying attention to his Instagram feed could see that Huertas stayed in Los Angeles for the rest of the season after calling it home for nearly two years previously, but it appears he is now departing:

This is truly a sad day, as it likely (and probably permanently) signals the end of Huertas’ time with the Lakers.

The man also known as the Catalyt may never have gotten a ton of run, or played at the same level he managed overseas, but Huertas did become a cult fan favorite for his fearless and almost dangerously selfless style of play.

Plus, who could ever forget the day he earned his nickname:

Or his most legendary Lakers play:

Or even the time he did this:

Goodbye, sweet Catalyst. You will be missed.

Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.

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