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Lakers re-sign Andrew Goudelock

Seeking backcourt depth with Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash sidelined, Lakers bring back Andrew Goudelock, whom they drafted in 2011. He'd been in Development League.

April 14, 2013|By Mike Bresnahan
  • Lakers guard Andrew Goudelock brings the ball up the court during a game against the Charlotte Bobcats last season.
Lakers guard Andrew Goudelock brings the ball up the court during a game… (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles…)

Desperate for backcourt help, the Lakers re-signed Andrew Goudelock, a second-year guard who averaged 4.4 points for them last season.

Goudelock, 24, was never afraid to shoot the ball but was waived during exhibition season in October.

He averaged 21.1 points and 5.2 assists with two Development League teams this season, the Sioux Falls Skyforce and Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He played almost exclusively at point guard in the D-League but would be mainly a shooting guard for the Lakers with some ball-handling chances.

"It's real good to be back here. It's almost surreal," said Goudelock, drafted 46th overall by the Lakers in 2011.

Goudelock can be on the Lakers' playoff roster if they make it that far. He suited up but did not play Sunday in their 91-86 victory over San Antonio.

With Kobe Bryant (torn Achilles' tendon) and Steve Nash (strained hamstring) sidelined, the Lakers ran low on backcourt options behind sudden starters Steve Blake and Jodie Meeks.

Nash felt better Sunday but "not good enough to go" against San Antonio, Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said, adding, "We're shooting for Wednesday."

The Lakers' regular-season finale is Wednesday against Houston.

Jordan to Rutgers

Lakers assistant coach Eddie Jordan was expected to accept the head coaching job at Rutgers University, leaving the Lakers after less than one season.

He was hired last summer by Mike Brown, then the Lakers' coach, to install the Princeton offense, but his role diminished when Brown was fired five games into this season. Jordan remained on D'Antoni's staff but the Lakers scrapped the Princeton offense.

Jordan takes over a Rutgers program that was under fire nationally earlier this month. Coach Mike Rice was fired after a video surfaced that showed him berating players and hurling basketballs at them during practices.

mike.bresnahan@latimes.com

Twitter: @Mike_Bresnahan

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