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February 25, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The D-Fenders made a trade Monday to acquire center Jerome Jordan, sending Ronald Dupree and Orien Greene to the Reno Bighorns. Jordan has legitimate NBA size, 7 feet and 253 pounds.  Drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2010 (44th overall), Jordan found his way to the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets, playing 21 games. Operating as the D-League affiliate for the Lakers, the D-Fenders are run by General Manager Glenn Carraro, also the assistant general manager of the Lakers.
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March 21, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Former Lakers forward Manny Harris recently left the D-Fenders to play in Turkey with Turk Telekom Ankara. Harris played through a pair of 10-day contracts with the Lakers, averaging 8.1 points and 3.8 rebounds over nine appearances. After the Lakers decided not to re-sign him for the remainder of the season, he rejoined the Lakers' NBA Development League affiliate D-Fenders. Through 22 games in the D-League, Harris averaged 31.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists a game.  He was named NBA D-League performer of the week twice.
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March 7, 2012 | By Mark Medina
After facing limited playing time with the Lakers, rookie guard Darius Morris will finally see time on the court. But that will happen while he wears aD-Fendersuniform. The Lakers assigned Morris to the Development League Wednesday, after he averaged 2.7 points and 1.1 assists in 10.3 minutes through 13 games. Despite the Lakers' needs at point guard, Coach Mike Brown expressed skepticism about playing Morris significant minutes because of his inexperience, over-dribbling and his understanding of the offense.  Morris assumed the backup spot while Steve Blake sat out the first seven games with a rib injury.
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March 17, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Former Lakers forward Shawne Williams on Monday was named NBA Development League performer of the week. Playing for the Lakers' D-League affiliate, Williams is the third D-Fender to win the honor this season, joining Manny Harris, who also played with the Lakers this season, and Terrence Williams. At 25-15, the D-Fenders are in first place in the West Division, having a better season than the 22-44 Lakers. OFFICIAL: Shawne Williams has been named @nbadleague Performer of the Week, he averaged 26.3 pts, 7.3 reb & 2.7 blk pic.twitter.com/qXW3fP8PV9 - L.A. D-Fenders (@DFenders)
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January 6, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Robert Sacre scored 22 points on Saturday night for the D-Fenders, playing in his first game since the Lakers reassigned him to the D-League. Despite the strong game from the rookie center, the D-Fenders dropped their third-straight (104-92), losing to the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Sacre hit on 10 of 17 from the field and collected five rebounds. Fellow Laker Darius Johnson-Odom had 15 points, four rebounds and five assists. This was Sacre's fourth game of the year for the D-Fenders, averaging 11.3 points and 8.5 rebounds a night.
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January 5, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have reassigned center Robert Sacre to the D-Fenders. Sacre, taken with the 60th and final pick of the 2012 NBA draft, will join the Lakers' D-League affiliate for the third time this season.  In three games for the D-Fenders, Sacre averaged 7.7 points and 9.7 rebounds. The Lakers still have rookie Darius Johnson-Odom in the D-League.  Through 11 games he's leading the D-Fenders with 21.1 points a game while shooting 43.8% from the field and 39.6% from three-point range.  He's also averaging 5.3 assists and 1.4 steals.
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March 21, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Former Lakers forward Manny Harris recently left the D-Fenders to play in Turkey with Turk Telekom Ankara. Harris played through a pair of 10-day contracts with the Lakers, averaging 8.1 points and 3.8 rebounds over nine appearances. After the Lakers decided not to re-sign him for the remainder of the season, he rejoined the Lakers' NBA Development League affiliate D-Fenders. Through 22 games in the D-League, Harris averaged 31.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists a game.  He was named NBA D-League performer of the week twice.
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December 21, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The D-Fenders are coming to Time Warner Cable SportsNet, the team announced Friday. “We are thrilled to partner with Time Warner Cable SportsNet this season,” said Joey Buss, president and chief executive of the D-Fenders. “This is an opportunity for our fans, Lakers fans and basketball fans to develop a connection with top D-Fenders prospects as well as Lakers assignment players, both of which are instrumental to the future of the Lakers and NBA.” The Lakers currently have rookie guard Darius Johnson-Odom assigned to their D-League affiliate.
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November 30, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
Rookies Darius Johnson-Odom and Robert Sacre both delivered for the second straight game, helping the D-Fenders to a 97-94 victory over the Maine Red Claws of Portland in a D-League game. The Lakers recently assigned Johnson-Odom and Sacre to the D-League, giving them an opportunity for both players to get some needed floor time. The D-Fenders were down by five points with a little more than two minutes left before scoring the final eight points of the game. Johnson-Odom scored a game-high 24 points, leading the D-Fenders in scoring for their second straight game.
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November 29, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers were well represented on Wednesday night as the D-Fenders opened their season with a 112-98 victory over the Idaho Stampede. Guard Darius Johnson-Odom and center Robert Sacre were recently sent to the Lakers' D-League affiliate to get some valuable floor time. Johnson-Odom scored a game-high 30 points while making 11 of 15 shots from the field (five of seven from three-point range). He also had six rebounds and four assists. Sacre collected a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
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March 2, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Xavier Henry made his second appearance with the D-Fenders (20-15) on Saturday night, scoring 19 points in a 137-126 overtime loss to the Legends (17-22) in Texas. The Lakers assigned Henry to the NBA Development League on Thursday as part of the 6-foot-6 swingman's rehabilitation from a knee injury. Henry was injured in a Lakers' loss on Dec. 29 to the Philadelphia 76ers, suffering a bone bruise and abnormality of the lateral meniscus. Former Lakers guard Manny Harris scored 30 points for the D-Fenders, including a layup in the final moments of regulation to force overtime.
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February 27, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Xavier Henry has yet to suit up for the Lakers in 2014, felled by a knee injury in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 29. On Thursday, Henry will make an appearance with the D-Fenders in one of the final stages of his recovery from a bone bruise and abnormality of the lateral meniscus. Henry will join the Lakers' D-League affiliate as they visit the Texas Legends. Through 31 games with the Lakers, Henry has averaged 10.1 points. He's missed 27 games, just one of the many long-term injuries the Lakers have faced this season.
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February 17, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
According to the NBA Development League transactions page , former Lakers guard Kareem Rush retired last month. In a recent phone interview with The Times, Rush said that's not the case. "I've retired from the D-League," he said. "[I'm] not retired from basketball completely. " Rush, 33, last played in the NBA for the Clippers on Nov. 17, 2009, tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He has since worked to get back in the NBA, joining the Lakers' D-League affiliate D-Fenders for the second time in his career.
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February 9, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
After his second 10-day contract expired Tuesday, the Lakers opted not to sign guard Manny Harris for the remainder of the season. Harris returned to the NBA Development League, making a statement Saturday with a D-Fenders' franchise-record 56 points in a 121-106 win over the Santa Cruz Warriors. Playing at the Kaiser Permanente Arena, Harris scored 21 points in the fourth quarter, shattering his own previous scoring record of 49 - set Jan. 10 before his call-up to the Lakers.
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February 4, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant will miss the NBA All-Star game with a knee injury.  Pau Gasol was left off the Western Conference all-star squad. Still, the Lakers won't go unrecognized -- at least on the D-League level. On Monday, Lakers guard Manny Harris was named an NBA Development League all-star. Harris spent the season with the D-Fenders before the Lakers called him up on a pair of 10-day contracts. With the D-Fenders, Harris averaged 30.6 points and 6.5 rebounds a game. The D-League All-Star game is to be played on Feb. 15 in New Orleans.
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January 27, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers waived Shawne Williams on Jan. 7, after he played in 32 games for the team, averaging 5.2 points and 4.5 rebounds a night. On Monday, the D-Fenders announced they had acquired Williams via a waiver claim. The D-Fenders, the Lakers' NBA Development League affiliate, are currently in second place in the West Division at 13-10. The actual Lakers are just 16-29 this season, down to fourth place in the Pacific Division. Williams was cut by the Lakers before his contract became fully guaranteed for the 2013-14 season.
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January 16, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers signed guard Manny Harris on Thursday to a 10-day contract, the team announced. Harris has played 13 games for the D-Fenders, the Lakers' NBA Development League affiliate, averaging 30.6 points a game. The 6-foot-5 Harris previously spent two seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers.   Welcome @313MannyHarris to the squad with a follow. #GoLakers pic.twitter.com/QReFblUV6g - Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 16, 2014 Harris will earn $52,017 with the Lakers.  After his contract expires, the team can re-sign him for one additional 10-day contract, ink him for the rest of the season or let him go as a free agent.
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December 26, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Rookie forward Ryan Kelly has found a way into the Lakers' rotation, playing a career-high 17 minutes on Wednesday in the Lakers' 101-95 loss to the Miami Heat. "He knows how to play, defensively and offensively," said Coach Mike D'Antoni after practice on Thursday.  "Defensively he's the first one to get to the right spot.  I think that going forward, he can keep earning more time. I'm pretty excited about him. " The Lakers drafted Kelly with the 48th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft.
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