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The Los Angeles Lakers have recalled Darius Morris and Robert Sacre from the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League.
Morris and Sacre were both assigned to the D-Fenders on Wednesday and started in that day's game against the Canton Charge, helping the team overcome a 25-point second half deficit in a 114-109 victory in El Segundo. Sacre posted 14 points, six rebounds, and two blocks in 31 minutes, while Morris tallied nine points, nine assists, six rebounds and a steal in 34 minutes.
The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired center Jerome Jordan from the Reno Bighorns in exchange for forward Ronald Dupree and guard Orien Greene.
A 2013 NBA Development League All-Star, Jordan appeared in 24 games with the Bighorns this season, averaging 13.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 30.4 minutes. Jordan has averaged 13.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 29 career NBA D-League games.
The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired Morris Almond and Mike Taylor from the Iowa Energy in exchange for Jarrid Famous and a 2013 first round draft pick.
Almond, a two-time NBA Development League All-Star (2008, 2010) and NBA D-League Impact Player of the Year (2008), has averaged 23.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 137 career NBA D-League games (128 starts) with Iowa, Maine, Springfield and Utah.
Taylor (6’2” / 170lbs), who most recently played for CEZ Basketball Nymburk (Czech Republic), returns to the NBA D-League for the first time since playing for the Energy during the 2010-11 season.
Lazar Hayward has re-signed with the Los Angeles D-Fenders. Hayward was signed by the Minnesota Timberwolves on Dec. 31 and became a free agent on Jan. 18.
In 72 career NBA games with the Thunder and Timberwolves, Hayward has averaged 2.9 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 8.2 minutes. The 6-6, 225 pound forward also played three games with Tulsa of the NBA Development League in 2012, averaging 24.0 points 5.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 34.3 minutes.
Luke Harangody (Fort Wayne Mad Ants), Jerome Jordan (Reno Bighorns), Jeremy Lamb (Tulsa 66ers on assignment from the Oklahoma City Thunder), Shelvin Mack (Maine Red Claws) and DaJuan Summers were first team selections.
An all-time high eleven NBA teams will have single NBA D-League affiliates including first-year partnerships between the Boston Celtics and Maine Red Claws and the Portland Trail Blazers and Idaho Stampede.