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Friday, July 18, 2014
Xavier Henry, Lakers have 1-year deal

By Dave McMenamin
ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers have reached an agreement to retain free-agent swingman Xavier Henry, a league source told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Friday.

Henry, 23, will sign a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum, worth $1,063,384, according to the source.

He took to Twitter to announce the news.

Prove em wrong again #LA pic.twitter.com/MsGCjSDxI0

- Xavier Henry (@XavierHenry) July 18, 2014

After being drafted No. 12 in 2010 by Memphis, Henry has played for three teams in his four seasons in the NBA.

The Lakers experimented a bit with their roster last season by bringing in several former lottery picks on one-year deals in hopes of realizing the potential they showed leading up to the draft, and Henry panned out.

He averaged career highs in points (10.0), rebounds (2.7), assists (1.2), steals (1.0) and minutes (21.1) per game -- all while shooting a career-best 41.7 percent from the field in 43 games (making five starts) -- before having his season cut short because of a torn ligament in his left wrist, and a bone bruise and abnormality of the meniscus in his right knee.

Henry underwent a pair of surgeries to correct both injuries, and he rehabbed in Los Angeles with the Lakers' training staff this offseason before being offered the new deal.

Henry will bring the Lakers' roster size to 11 once all of the Lakers' free-agent additions are officially signed. General manager Mitch Kupchak said earlier in the summer that he expected the team to carry 13 players next season.

The Lakers also agreed to a one-year deal on Friday with forward Wes Johnson, worth approximately $1 million, according to ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard, and locked up 2013 second-round pick Ryan Kelly to a multiyear deal.

"I am very happy and blessed to have reached an agreement with the Lakers," Kelly told ESPNLosAngeles.com.

The specific terms of Kelly's deal are unclear at this time.

Also, the Lakers waived back-up point guard Kendall Marshall on Friday, according to a league source. Marshall averaged 8.0 points and 8.8 assists in 54 games for the Lakers last season -- including 45 starts -- after being called up from the D-League in September. He had struggled in the summer league in the past week, however, averaging 8.3 points on 31.4 percent shooting and 3.0 assists against 2.8 turnovers in four games. Marshall had a non-guaranteed deal with the Lakers worth just under $1 million for next season.

Yahoo! Sports earlier reported that Marshall was waived.