Forward/Center Derrick Caracter has been sent down the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA D-League. In 40 appearances with the Lakers this season, Caracter has averaged 2 points and 1 rebound in just over 5 minutes per game. While Caracter wont be with the Lakers these last couple of weeks, he will at least be able to recieve ample playing time with the Jam.
As for the Lakers’ other rookie forward, Devin Ebanks, he will need an additional 3 weeks of rehab as the stress fracture in his left tibia is healing more slowly than originally anticipated. Ebanks was slated to miss 3 weeks of action, and said he planned to return even sooner, that was on March 4th. In 20 games with the Lakers this season, Ebanks has averaged 3 points and 1 rebound in 6 minutes per game.
Its not likely that either Caracter or Ebanks would have made much of an impact in the final 9 games of the regular season, however with the health of Theo Ratliff still a concern, it is a likely possibility that Caracter will be added to the playoff roster once the postseason begins.