Lakers sign Trey Johnson and recall Derrick Caracter from Bakersfield Jam
In a move to address their depleting roster, the Lakers signed Trey Johnson and recalled Derrick Caracter from the Bakersfield Jam and will be available to play in the team's season finale Wednesday against the Lakers.
These movies coincide with a number of absences that began plaguing the Lakers before their 102-93 victory Wednesday over the Spurs. The Lakers are without Lakers reserves Steve Blake (chicken pox) and Matt Barnes (sore right knee) for an undetermined amount of time, while center Andrew Bynum plans to have an MRI today after hyperextending his right knee.
Caracter has been sent down twice to Bakersfield, appearing in three regular season games, averaging 8.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 0.67 blocks in 19.7 minutes. In two playoff games with the Jam, he averaged 7.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.50 blocks in 21.5 minutes. He was sent down to two weeks as soon as Theo Ratliff was cleared to play following a five-month rehab. Caracter also returned last week as insurance policy because of uncertainty surrounding Pau Gasol's bone bruise in his right knee. Caracter, whom the Lakers acquired with the 58th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, has appeared in 40 games for the Lakers this season, averaging 2.0 points and 1.1 rebounds in 5.3 minutes.
Meanwhile, Johnson has ranked second in the Development League in scoring this season (25.5 points per game) after the Lakers waived him on Oct. 21 after appearing in five preseason games, averaging 2.8 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 8.8 minutes.
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Photo: Lakers reserve center Derrick Caracter steals the ball from Kings forward Demarcus Cousins in the fourth quarter Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.