Lakers assign Darius Morris, Robert Sacre to D-Fenders

In a way to give more playing time, the Lakers assigned seldom-used reserves Darius Morris and Robert Sacre to the D-Fenders.

This marks Morris’ first stint with the Lakers’ Development League affiliate after falling out of the Mike D’Antoni’s rotation. Sacre has already made five appearances with D-Fenders, averaging 12 points and 8.6 rebounds a game.

Morris, who’s averaged 4.4 points a game on 39.8 percent shooting in 42 appearances, hasn’t played more than seven minutes in a game since Jan. 15. Despite a long-term foot injury to Gasol, D’Antoni has chosen Earl Clark and Metta World Peace to backup Dwight Howard instead of using Sacre. He has played in 43 games in his rookie season and has averaged 1.5 points in 7.2 minutes per night.

The D-Fenders expect Both Morris and Sacre will play Saturday night in El Segundo against the Austin Toros.

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