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Lakers send Andrew Goudelock, Marcus Thomas to D-Fenders

The Lakers keep making changes, just not the big ones fans are expecting.

They will send rookie guard Andrew Goudelock and training camp invitee Marcus Thomas to the D-Fenders in time to play in Saturday's game at the team's practice facility against Bakersfield. The Lakers then plan to recall them for Sunday's practice.

Goudelock doesn't have to worry about packing his bags too far. He's stayed in the Hilton Garden Inn a few minutes from the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo, the same place that hosts the D-Fenders games this season.

"We're moving so fast," Goudelock said at the team's media day, and that's why he's holding off to find housing until the season starts. "It's a lot different. It was like a whirlwind for me. I didn't know what was going on."

The Lakers signed Goudelock to a two-year deal at the rookie's minimum and hold a team option for his second year, hoping that his sharp-shooting will address the Lakers' perimeter offense. He averaged 23.7 points on 45.5% shooting as a senior last season at the College of Charleston, continuing a pattern in which he increased his scoring average by at least three points and set a school record in points (2,571) and fourth-best in assists (424). He shot 40.7% from three-point range, suggesting he should already bolster the Lakers' 35.2% average from last season.

"The most important thing is remembering the plays and know what I need to do defensively, "so I get on the court," said Goudelock.


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--Mark Medina

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