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Lakers work out Xavier Henry and other free agents at minicamp

Could X be returning to Los Angeles?

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The Los Angeles Lakers worked out 13 free agents in a minicamp on Wednesday, the team announced on The most notable name among them is a name hardcore fans of the purple and gold will remember well: Xavier Henry.

The former Lakers wing is best remembered for his unbelievable dunk on Jeff Withey, but the former Kansas Jayhawk also had a decent 2013-14 season for Los Angeles. Henry averaged 10 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 21.1 minutes over 43 games but ultimately couldn’t stay healthy, the sad story of his career so far.

Henry most recently attempted a comeback with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA D-League, where he averaged 15.6 points per game on 44.8 percent shooting, but he was again limited to just nine games by persistent injuries.

Henry looked relatively healthy at the Lakers’ minicamp, as evidenced by this explosive dunk during a scrimmage:

Henry also spoke to the excellent Joey Ramirez of about his road back to the league, and his comments are worth a read.

In addition to Henry, here are the players the Lakers announced they had worked out during the session:

Minicamp Participants

- Jeff Ayres (Los Angeles Clippers/Arizona State)

- P.J. Hairston (Memphis Grizzlies/ North Carolina)

- Tyler Haws (Obradoiro CAB/BYU)

- Pierre Jackson (Idaho Stampede/Baylor)

- Julian Jacobs (USC)

- Orlando Johnson (Guangxi Weizhuang/UC Santa Barbara)

- Nikola Jovanovic (USC)

- Mamadou Ndiaye (UC Irvine)

- Johnny O’Bryant III (Milwaukee Bucks/LSU)

- Wesley Saunders (Austin Spurs/Harvard)

- Travis Wear ( GBC/UCLA)

- Dion Wright (St. Bonaventure)

As Mitch Kupchak said following the workout, “I don’t think we’re looking at players here that would be in the rotation.” However, any of these guys could be a potential training camp invitee, and it’s worth keeping tabs on who the Lakers might bring in to test their young core heading in to the season. The team alternatively could look at a few of these players for a spot on the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

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