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Lakers are off to Sacramento, Ryan Kelly to Bakersfield

Lakers are off to Sacramento, Ryan Kelly to Bakersfield
Lakers rookie Ryan Kelly, left, and Jordan Hill, right, are joined by Kobe Bryant during an exhibition game in October. (Peter Parks / Getty Images)

The Lakers are in Sacramento on Friday to play the Kings, but rookie forward Ryan Kelly is off to Bakersfield.

Kelly was reassigned by the Lakers to the D-Fenders on Thursday, in time to play the fourth game of the D-League season against the Jam.

In three appearances, Kelly is averaging 25 points and eight rebounds.

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The D-Fenders (1-2) play the Jam on Saturday at home in El Segundo.

The Lakers want Kelly to get playing experience in the D-League.

There's a good chance the Lakers will call Kelly back for home games on Sunday against Toronto and Tuesday against Phoenix, then send him back to the D-Fenders.

The D-Fenders' Malcolm Thomas was called up by the San Antonio Spurs last week.

Thomas received a two-year deal with the Spurs, although only $100,000 of his contract this season is guaranteed.

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