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LA Lakers sign Kobe Bryant replacement

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Los Angeles Lakers have signed free-agent Kendall Marshall as cover for their injured star Kobe Bryant, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The point guard has been an emergency signature for the Lakers after they were hit with severe injuries in the position.

Kobe Bryant has a knee injury which will see him out for around six weeks, whilst Steve Nash (back), Steve Blake (elbow) and Jordan Farmer (hamstring) are all unavailable for the immediate future.

Marshall has been drafted in after originally signing for the Phoenix Suns in the NBA draft in 2012.

But after one season Marshall only averaged 3.0 points and 3.0 assists per game and struggled to make an impact.

The 22-year-old was traded to the Washington Wizards but was dropped after the Wizards decided to select other point guards and did not require Marshall’s services.

Marshall had been turning out for Delaware 87ers in the NBA Development League and averaged 19.4 points and 9.6 assists in seven appearances.

The North Carolina alumni has signed a non-guaranteed deal with the Lakers, so it is likely that Marshall will return to Delaware once the Laker regulars return from injury.

However, Marshall will hope to make the most of the opportunity to attract prospective teams for next season.

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