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Darius Morris Assigned to the Los Angeles D-Fenders

NEW YORK, March 7, 2012 – The Los Angeles Lakers today assigned rookie guard Darius Morris to the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the Lakers’ NBA Development League affiliate. The assignment marks the 48th time an NBA player has been assigned to his NBA D-League affiliate during the 2011-12 season and is the first of Morris’ career.

Selected by the Lakers in the second round (41st overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft, Morris (6-4, 190, Michigan) has appeared in 13 games for L.A. this season, averaging 2.7 points, 1.1 assists and 10.3 minutes.

A two-year contributor at Michigan, Morris appeared in 67 games as a Wolverine, averaging 9.9 points and 4.8 assists. The recipient of Michigan’s Bill Buntim Most Valuable Player Award in 2011, Morris was an All-Big Ten Third Team selection and became the 51st Michigan product to be drafted into the NBA.

Lakers fans can stay in step with Morris, who is expected to join the D-Fenders this afternoon and be available on Saturday, March 10 when the team hosts the Dakota Wizards, by logging onto nba.com/futurecast to watch all of L.A.’s games live, online, for free.