HoopsHype Xavier Henry rumors
Henry did some running, lateral slide drills and shooting, but did not participate in practice with his teammates on Wednesday. He said he’s progressed from where he was last week with a knee strain suffered on Dec. 29, which has caused him to miss 11 games thus far. Henry has been ruled out of Thursday’s game in Miami and Friday’s in Orlando. He’ll be evaluated over the weekend. Lakers.com
The Los Angeles Lakers could have some help for their depleted point guard position coming right around the corner, as Xavier Henry returned to the practice court Sunday for the first time since suffering a bone bruise in his right knee. Henry will be examined by a Lakers team doctor Monday and said it is "possible" he could return to game action as soon as Tuesday when L.A. hosts the Cleveland Cavaliers. "I feel alright," Henry said. "I'd be lying if I said I'm 100 percent, but I'm working at it and that's all I'm trying to do -- get back as fast as possible." Originally slated to be out 7-10 days before being re-evaluated, Henry returned to the practice court 14 days after suffering the injury in the first quarter of the Lakers' eventual 111-104 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 29. ESPN.com
Dave McMenamin: Xavier Henry's MRI showed a bone bruise in his R knee, according to a league source. He'll be sidelined 7-10 days, then re-evaluated. Twitter @mcten
Four players are signed to nonguaranteed contracts: Xavier Henry, Shawne Williams, Ryan Kelly and recent acquisition Kendall Marshall. The Lakers have until Jan. 7 to decide which players they want to keep the rest of the season. The deadline is officially Jan. 10, but each player needs 48 hours to clear the NBA's waiver process. Henry was signed over the summer for $916,099 and has proved to be one of the team's best off-season acquisitions. Los Angeles Times
Kelly is the team's cheapest player under contract at $490,180. It's second-year point guard Marshall who needs to worry about job security. The Lakers signed Marshall on Dec. 20 to a two-year, nonguaranteed $1.5-million contract — after every other point guard on the roster went down with injury. Still, the Lakers' coach prefers to use Henry. Los Angeles Times
In Sunday night's 111-104 loss to the 76ers, Marshall helped spark an early fourth-quarter rally, finishing with eight points, three assists and two rebounds — all season highs. If Marshall lasts beyond the January deadline, his $547,570 for the current season will lock in. With all 15 players, the Lakers' team salary for the season is $91.4 million, including $12 million in luxury tax penalties. Los Angeles Times
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