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Lakers sign Gerald Green, Malcolm Thomas

December 13, 2011 | 12:12 pm

This doesn't exactly qualify as the "big moves" Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said he's pursuing.

The Lakers signed four-year NBA veteran Gerald Green and San Diego State product Malcolm Thomas, a move clearly made to at least replace the missing bodies behind Shannon Brown's departure to Phoenix and a trade sending Lamar Odom to Dallas.

Green has averaged 7.5 points in 16 minutes in stints with the Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks. He started the 2011-12 season in China where he was averaging 26.5 points on .545 shooting through four games. Thomas finished his two-year campaign with the Aztecs as the school's second-leading shot blocker and in eight place in rebounding average and field-goal percentage.

In a 32-minute interview with reporters at the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo, Kupchak said he'd likely sign players in hopes that could either bolster the team's lineup or use as trade chips.

--Mark Medina

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