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After two 10-day contracts, Lakers sign Mbenga for rest of year

Updated: February 11, 2008, 7:24 PM ET

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Los Angeles Lakers signed center D.J. Mbenga for the rest of the season Monday.

Mbenga was originally signed to a 10-day contract on Jan. 21, a week after center Andrew Bynum suffered a left knee injury. Mbenga was signed to a second 10-day contract on Feb. 1.

Coach Phil Jackson said signing Mbenga for the rest of the year is no reflection on Bynum's status. The Lakers hope Bynum will return in a month.

Entering Monday's game against ...

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