Darius Morris and Robert Sacre assigned to D-Fenders


Darius Morris and Robert Sacre have been assigned to the Lakers’ D-League team, the Los Angeles D-Fenders, according to Real GM:

The Los Angeles Lakers have assigned Darius Morris and Robert Sacre to the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the Lakers’ NBA Development League affiliate.

Morris (6-4, 190, Michigan) has played in 42 games this season for Los Angeles, averaging 4.4 points, 1.7 assists and 1.2 rebounds. On Dec. 16, he tallied 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field in a 111-98 win over the 76ers.  He appeared in one game on assignment last season for the D-Fenders and scored 21 points in a 99-98 win over the Dakota Wizards.

Sacre (7-0, 260, Gonzaga) has appeared in 27 games for the Lakers this season, averaging 1.5 points, 1.1 rebounds and 7.2 minutes.  He has played in four games on assignment with the D-Fenders, averaging 11.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 31.0 minutes. He returned to the Lakers following a 22-point performance vs. Sioux Falls at the 2013 NBA D-League Showcase in Reno, Nev.

The D-Fenders don’t play again until Saturday, while the Lakers next play on Friday night, so it’s a little strange that Sacre has been sent down to the D-League, as the Lakers already are running low on big men.

However, D’Antoni has been running small line-ups since Pau Gasol got injured. Plus, despite Dwight Howard being in foul trouble last night, Sacre still only managed to get 4 minutes on the court, so sending him – and the now little-used Morris – down to the D-League will give them a chance to play and keep their timing in case the Lakers really do need them during the course of the season.

Written by Ross Pickering

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