- Dave McMenamin, ESPN Staff Writer
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Los Angeles Lakers guard Xavier Henry will play with the Lakers' D-League affiliate, the L.A. D-Fenders, in a road game against the Texas Legends on Thursday, according to the team.
It is a rehabilitation assignment for Henry, who has been sidelined since Dec. 29 after suffering a bone bruise in his right knee against Philadelphia and later being diagnosed with an abnormality of the lateral meniscus in the knee.
The Lakers were hoping to have Henry participate in one 5-on-5 full-contact practice with the team before returning to the court for game action, but with L.A. scheduled for an off day Thursday coming off back-to-back games, the D-League assignment was a faster way to give Henry an opportunity to play.
Henry tweeted about the assignment: "Time to get my wind and my legs back under me tonight with my guys in tx!! It's been a long time! #ProgressIsaProcess #OneStepCloser"
Henry, 22, averaged 10.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists on the season before he got hurt.
It is the second D-League assignment of Henry's 4-year career. In his previous D-League appearance, Henry scored 13 points for the Iowa Energy in 2012.
The Legends are the Dallas Mavericks' D-League affiliate and are expected to have Shane Larkin, Bernard James and Jae Crowder on assignment from the Mavs for the D-Fenders game, according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein.