Mark Madsen may be returning to the Lakers family, at least through the team's D-League affiliate.

(update at 11:43 a.m.: It's official, Madsen is the new coach.

"We are very pleased to announce Mark Madsen as the newest head coach of the D-Fenders,” D-Fenders President/CEO Joey Buss said.  “Mark understands the emphasis we place on developing intelligent and skilled players who can contribute important minutes with the Lakers and in theNBA.  We are confident that Mark’s experience in the NBA will help us reach our goals, further establishing the D-Fenders as a franchise known for producing top NBA talent while competing at a championship level.”)

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