Ryan Kelly, Elias Harris assigned to D-Fenders

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The Lakers' two rookies will spend time in the D-league after combining for 18 minutes through the first 10 games.

The Los Angeles Lakers have assigned rookies Ryan Kelly and Elias Harris to their D-league affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the team officially announced Friday. Both have played minimal minutes through the first 10 games of the season.

Kelly, the Lakers' lone draft selection of the 2013 NBA Draft, played a total of seven minutes thus far. He's taken three field goals -- all threes -- and has made two of them. Harris was the lone hold over from the Lakers' Las Vegas Summer League team after becoming an undrafted rookie and has played 11 minutes.

Neither player was expected to play a significant role with the team. Sending both players to the D-Fenders can give the Lakers an opportunity to develop each players, providing them with a chance to play competitive minutes. It's important to note that sending players to the D-league does not open a roster spot, meaning the Lakers still have 14 players on the roster.

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