The 22-year-old Morris has averaged 4.2 PPG in 45 appearances this season, while Sacre, a rookie, is averaging 1.4 PPG in his 31-game career.
We'll track today's D-League assignments and recalls right here, with any additional moves added to the top of the page throughout the day....
You can view every D-League assignment and recall of the 2012/13 season Hoops Rumors' D-League assignment tracker.
We'll track today's D-League moves, including assignments and recalls, right here, with any new items added to the top of the page throughout the day:
Tomorrow at 5PM EST marks a significant deadline in the NBA, as players who are currently on non-guaranteed contracts kept after that point will have their deals guaranteed for the rest of the season. While the official deadline for contracts to become fully guaranteed is listed as January 10, ESPN's Marc Stein pointed out yesterday that teams who decide to release a player on a non-guaranteed contract will have to do so by tomorrow in order for them to clear waivers by Thursday. We've seen quite a handful of teams release some of their non-guaranteed pacts today, and with less than 24 hours left to go, there could be more of those types of transactions to come. With that in mind, you can find tonight's miscellaneous links from around the NBA here:
Today's D-League assignments and recalls..
The Lakers have recalled Robert Sacre from the D-League, according to Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com (Twitter link). The 7'0" rookie averaged 7.7 points and 9.7 rebounds in 27.0 minutes over three games with the Los Angeles D-Fenders after being sent down on Wednesday.
Sacre, taken with the final pick of this summer's NBA draft, has appeared in eight games for the big club so far this season, but he's totaled just 19 minutes and scored only two points. He had a much greater impact in the preseason, when he started in place of an injured Dwight Howard and put up 6.5 PPG and 4.8 RPG in 24.7 minutes of work per night.
The Lakers still have fellow rookie and second-round pick Darius Johnson-Odom assigned to the D-Fenders, as our list of this year's D-League comings and goings shows. Players with two or fewer years of experience can be shuttled back and forth as often as their teams like.
The Lakers have assigned a second rookie to the D-League, the team announced today (Twitter link). Robert Sacre will join Darius Johnson-Odom on the Los Angeles D-Fenders in time for the club's home opener tonight.
Sacre, the last player taken in the 2012 draft, has appeared in eight games so far for the Lakers, primarily in blowouts. In approximately 19 total minutes of playing time, he has recorded two points and committed eight fouls. The former Gonzaga center will get a chance to receive increased minutes with the D-Fenders.
The Lakers have already assigned Johnson-Odom to the D-Fenders twice this season, as our list of D-League assignments and recalls shows. For Sacre, it's his first D-League assignment.
All five Pacific Division teams are in action tonight, and four of the five are squaring off against opponents with records of .500 or better, including the Lakers, who have an opportunity to bounce back from an ugly loss to the Kings with a victory against the Grizzlies. The Suns figure to have the easiest go of it tonight, with a game against the Hornets, but that's certainly no guarantee for a rebuilding Phoenix squad. Here's more from the West Coast:
With the Lakers' scheduled to tip off against the Mavericks tonight to start the 2012/13 season, general manager Mitch Kupchak spoke to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com about the team's roster, its second-round picks, and his thoughts on the Thunder trading James Harden. Here are a few of the highlights from the conversation:
On how the team decided which players to keep on its 15-man roster:
"In conjunction with our coach (Mike Brown) and (executive VP of player personnel) Jim Buss, we hashed it out. There is a strategic approach to what you do involving (positions and salary), and amongst the three of us this is where we ended up. I wouldn't think Robert Sacre (being on the roster) is a surprise to anybody; he certainly showed that he deserved an extended look. On the other hand, he's gotten more of an opportunity than anyone else because of the injury to Dwight (Howard), and if you talked to some guys that have been here, they'd say they wish they'd had that opportunity. With that said, they've been here almost 28 days, and we feel like we know them pretty good. We're not always right, and we had to make decisions, and by and large the decisions have to be done at the end of camp."
On the decision to carry the maximum 15 players, including two second-round picks:
"As a later second-round draft pick like (Darius) Johnson-Odom, that's the lowest number that you can be paid of anybody in the NBA. When you look at our payroll, which is approaching $100MM, as a percentage of payroll, it's really not that much. On the other hand, I don't expect ownership to expand payroll, and these contracts do have some flexibility to them in the fact that they are not guaranteed. (Sacre and Johnson-Odom) are going to have to continue to perform at a high level, but for the time being, it gives us some roster flexibility going forward."
On using the Lakers' D-League affiliate to develop Sacre and Johnson-Odom:
"I'd hope with the D-League coming up soon, we'd be able to put one or both of our second-round picks in that situation. You used to be limited to sending a player down three times, but they can go an unlimited number of times now. You could have them practice with the Lakers every day and then still have them play in every D-Fenders game. We intend to take advantage of the new rule with one or both of those players. It's a good development for us, and you're starting to see some more synergy with the D-League and the NBA."
On how the Harden trade will impact the rival Thunder:
"On the surface, the Thunder had a team that was very successful as a group, as a unit. There's a piece of that group that's moving on, so you might take something from that. At the same time, I think by adding Kevin Martin they have a piece that they can use, that's going to get minutes, and he can certainly score. They picked up a lot of (draft picks), plus a kid (Jeremy Lamb) we all liked in college. So you can argue that this year there may be a ding to their chemistry because they'd been together for three years, but Martin could fit right in and Lamb could have a (positive) impact."
On whether any Lakers stood out in training camp:
"I think you saw some flashes of good play from Jodie Meeks, both with his shooting and the other things he can do like get to the bucket to draw fouls and play defense. I think Devin Ebanks had a good preseason and continues to develop. Sacre has been a pleasant surprise. And with Antawn Jamison, I've seen no decline in his athleticism, which you wonder about when you get older guys."