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Keith Appling Arrested For Bringing AK-47 To Strip Club

May 2, 2016 5:03 PM

Keith Appling brought a loaded AK-47 assault rifle into a strip club in Dearborn over the weekend.

Appling played for the Erie BayHawks in the D-League this past season.

It is not yet known why Appling brought the rifle into the club.

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Stokes, Blue, Stepheson Headline 2016 D-League First Team

Apr 30, 2016 11:29 AM

Jarnell Stokes of the Sioux Falls Skyforce headlines the NBA D-League First Team, as voted on by the league’s 19 head coaches.

Stokes is joined by Erick Green (Reno Bighorns), Vander Blue (Los Angeles D-Fenders), Alex Stepheson (Iowa Energy) and Jeff Ayres (Los Angeles). Stepheson received Call-Ups from both the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies and Ayres finished the season with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Jimmer Fredette (Westchester Knicks) and Coty Clarke who both earned Call-Ups this season and headline the Second Team, which also includes Will Cummings (Rio Grande Valley Vipers), Nick Minnerath (Canton Charge) and DeAndre Liggins (Sioux Falls).

The Third Team features Sean Kilpatrick (Delaware 87ers) who earned Call-Ups with the Denver Nuggets and Brooklyn Nets. Rounding out the Third Team are Quinn Cook (Canton), Devin Ebanks (Grand Rapids Drive), Ryan Gomes (Los Angeles) and Jordan Bachynski (Westchester).

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Axel Toupane Named D-League's Most Improved Player

Apr 20, 2016 3:35 PM

Denver Nuggets guard Axel Toupane, formerly of Raptors 905, has been named the 2016 NBA Development League Most Improved Player, as voted on by the league’s 19 head coaches. The award honors the player who demonstrated the most significant improvement during the 2015-16 NBA D-League season.

Toupane (6-7, 210, France) played in 32 games for Raptors 905 this season, averaging 14.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.0 steals. His best month was January, when he averaged 17.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.6 steals, an improvement nearly across the board from his December averages of 12.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 0.6 steals.

His two 30-point games this season both came in January, including a career-high 34 points to go with six assists and four steals in a 111-91 win over the Erie BayHawks on Jan. 21 – part of a six-game winning streak for Raptors 905. For the season, six of Toupane’s seven games with at least 20 points and all six of his games with six or more assists were recorded after December.

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Jarnell Stokes Named D-League MVP

Apr 14, 2016 1:07 PM

Sioux Falls Skyforce forward Jarnell Stokes has been named the 2015-16 NBA Development League Most Valuable Player in a vote by the league’s 19 head coaches.

Stokes (6-7, 250, Tennessee) played in 28 games (all starts) for the Skyforce this season, averaging team highs of 20.6 points and 9.3 rebounds. He began the season with the Miami Heat, playing 16 games on assignment in Sioux Falls, before being traded to New Orleans on Feb. 18 and waived by the Pelicans one day later. He joined the Skyforce’s roster permanently on Feb. 27.

A 2016 NBA D-League All-Star, Stokes shot an NBA D-League-best 66 percent from the field, scored in double figures 27 times and recorded 13 double-doubles. He led the team in scoring 14 times and rebounding 13 times. He was named the NBA D-League Player of the Week on Jan. 4 and earned Player of the Month honors for March and April.

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Damon Jones Joins Cavs' Coaching Staff For Playoffs

Apr 14, 2016 12:42 AM

Damon Jones has been added to the Cleveland Cavaliers' coaching staff for the playoffs.

Jones is currently an assistant with the Canton Charge of the D-League.

Jones is expected to join Tyronn Lue's bench at the conclusion of Charge's season.

Last season, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith repeatedly sought out Jones' assistance in helping correct subtle mechanics of their jump-shots. 

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Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Canton Charge, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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DeAndre Liggins Named D-League Defensive Player Of The Year

Apr 13, 2016 6:25 PM

DeAndre Liggins has been named the 2015-16 NBA Development League Defensive Player of the Year by a vote of the league’s 19 head coaches.

This is the second such honor for Liggins, who also earned the award in 2013-14 with Sioux Falls.

Liggins (6-6, 204, Kentucky) played in 34 games (33 starts) for Sioux Falls this season, anchoring a Skyforce defense that held opponents to league lows of 98.1 points per game and 98.5 points per 100 possessions. The Skyforce allowed 96.0 points per 100 possessions when Liggins was on the court, giving him the league’s best individual defensive rating. Sioux Falls’ opponents shot only 44.1 percent from the field, the second-lowest mark in the NBA D-League.

Liggins tied for second in the NBA D-League with 2.1 steals per game. He also averaged 13.0 points and 6.3 rebounds in 38.4 minutes.

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Suns Purchase Bakersfield Jam, Will Relocate Team To Arizona

Apr 12, 2016 2:53 PM

The Phoenix Suns have acquired the Bakersfield Jam and are relocating the team to Prescott Valley, Arizona.

The Suns become the 15th NBA team to own and operate its NBA D-League affiliate. 

The team will be known as the Northern Arizona Suns and will play a 24-game home schedule at the 5,100-seat Prescott Valley Event Center (PVEC) beginning with the 2016-17 season.

“We are thrilled to bring professional basketball to the Town of Prescott Valley,” said Suns President, Jason Rowley. “In addition to the basketball advantages of our D-League affiliate being close to home, today’s announcement creates endless opportunities to strengthen the connection with our fans in northern Arizona.” 

The Bakersfield Jam has served as the Suns’ single-affiliate NBA D-League team the past two seasons, with the NBA franchise running basketball operations during that time. 

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Quinn Cook Named D-League Rookie Of The Year

Apr 11, 2016 4:29 PM

Quinn Cook of the Canton Charge was named the 2015-16 NBA Development League Rookie of the Year.

The award, voted on by the league’s 19 head coaches, recognizes the first-year professional who most significantly contributed to his team’s success during the season.

Cook (6-2, 179, Duke) led the Charge to a 31-19 season by averaging team highs of 19.6 points and 5.4 assists to go with 3.9 rebounds in 43 games (37 starts). He shot 47 percent from the field and connected on a team-high 86 three-pointers.

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Briante Weber To Sign Three-Year Deal With Heat

Apr 9, 2016 2:36 PM

The Miami Heat plan on signing Briante Weber to a three-year deal.

The deal is partially guaranteed after this season.

Weber played for Sioux Falls, Miami's D-League affiliate, this season. For the D-League season, Weber averaged 10.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.

Weber joined the Memphis Grizzlies on a 10-day contract in March and was placed into a starting role, averaging 4.8 points, four rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 steals in 27.7 minutes per game.

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Jarnell Stokes Named D-League Player Of The Month

Apr 4, 2016 7:15 PM

Jarnell Stokes of the Sioux Falls Skyforce has been named NBA Development League Player of the Month for games played in March and April.

Stokes (6-9, 255, Tennessee) led Sioux Falls to an 11-2 record on its way to posting the best record in NBA D-League history at 40-10. He averaged 20.8 points on 65.5 percent shooting to go with 8.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals. On March 14, Stokes recorded a double-double with a season-high 29 points and 12 rebounds in a 107-99 win over the Austin Spurs. On March 19, he tallied 19 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and two steals in 116-109 victory over the Canton Charge

Stokes, who is in his second NBA D-League season, has appeared in 26 games with the Memphis Grizzlies and Miami Heat since being selected with the 35th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft. He finished the regular season with averages of 20.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals.

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Will Cumming Named D-League Player Of The Week
Will Cummings led Rio Grande Valley to a 3-0 week, averaging 22.7 points on 52.4 percent shooting to go with 5.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.7 steals.

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Idaho Stampede Relocating To Salt Lake City
The Salt Lake City Stars will play their home games at Salt Lake Community College.

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Montrezl Harrell Suspended Five Games For Shoving Referee
Montrezl Harrell was on a D-League assignment by the Rockets.

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D.J. Stephens Named D-League Player Of The Week
D.J. Stephens led Iowa to a 3-0 week, averaging 24.7 points on 61.4 percent shooting to go with 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals.

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76ers Sign Christian Wood To 10-Day Contract, Waive Sonny Weems
Christian Wood has appeared in 32 games with the Sevens this season, averaging a team-high nine rebounds to go with 17 points.

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Terrico White Named D-League Player Of The Week
Terrico White helped Bakersfield to a 2-1 week, averaging 29.7 points (tied for fourth) on 62.1 percent shooting to go with 7.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.7 steals.

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Boban Marjanovic, Jonathon Simmons Assigned To D-League
Boban Marjanovic will make his second appearance with Austin, where he is averaging 25.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 blocks in 26.5 minutes while shooting .793 from the floor in two games.

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Spurs Assign Jonathon Simmons To D-League Ahead Of Warriors' Rematch
Jonathon Simmons is averaging 5.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 14.0 minutes in 48 appearances this year with San Antonio.

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Tim Frazier To Sign 10-Day Contract With Pelicans
The Pelicans have been granted an injured player exception and plan on signing Tim Frazier to a 10-day deal.

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Henry Sims Expected To Sign 10-Day Contract With Nets
Henry Sims has been playing for Grand Rapids of the D-League.

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Jared Cunningham Likely To Sign 10-Day Contract With Bucks
Jared Cunningham has been playing for Idaho of the D-League.

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Tim Frazier Named D-League Player Of The Week
It's the second straight week Tim Frazier has received the award and the fifth of his career.

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DeAndre Daniels Cleared To Player After Breaking Foot In July
DeAndre Daniels was the Raptors' second-round pick (37th overall) in the 2014 NBA Draft.

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Robert Upshaw's D-League Contract Terminated For Drug Violation
Robert Upshaw averaged 7.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 15.6 minutes over 28 games in the D-League this season.

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Grizzlies Sign Briante Weber To 10-Day Contract
Briante Weber averaged 10.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.95 steals in 28.5 minutes in the D-League.

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Grizzlies To Sign Briante Weber To 10-Day Contract
Briante Weber is averaging 10.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 28.5 minutes per game this season for Sioux Falls of the D-League.

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Tim Frazier Named D-League Player Of The Week
Tim Frazier helped Maine to a 3-0 week averaging 14.0 points on 48.4 percent shooting to go with 10.7 rebounds, 9.3 assists (second in the league) and 2.0 steals.

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Celtics Sign Coty Clarke To 10-Day Contract
Coty Clarke has averaged 16.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 steals in 26.0 minutes per game in the D-League.

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Cleanthony Early Assigned By Knicks To D-League
Cleanthony Early was shot in the knee during a robbery late in 2015.

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Josh Childress Signs D-League Contract
During the 15-16 season, Josh Childress averaged 21.0 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 33.9 minutes per game.

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