May 13, 2013 12:57 PM EDT
The NBA D-League will hold its fourth annual Elite Mini Camp on Monday and Tuesday in Chicago.
The event gives front offices the opportunity to evaluate D-League players with the possibility of offering Summer League or training camp invites.
This year’s event is highlighted by 10 players with NBA experience, including seven who were NBA Draft selections: Keith Benson (Erie BayHawks), Justin Harper (Idaho Stampede), Darington Hobson (Santa Cruz Warriors), Lester Hudson (Austin Toros), Josh Selby (Maine Red Claws), Jermaine Taylor (Maine Red Claws), and Kyle Weaver (Canton Charge). Other NBA veterans attending the camp include Mickell Gladness (Santa Cruz Warriors), Cory Higgins (Erie BayHawks), and Edwin Ubiles.
Three members of the 2013 NBA D-League champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Chris Daniels, Chris Johnson and Toure Murry, round out the 35-player field.
May 11, 2013 8:35 PM EDT
Mark Madsen is finalizing a deal to become the next head coach of the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League, according to sources.
Madsen recently completed his first season as an assistant coach at Stanford.
Madsen was previously an assistant coach for the Utah Flash for the D-League for two seasons.
Reggie Theus coached the D-Fenders last season and left for Cal State Northridge.
Apr 27, 2013 7:18 PM EDT
Andrew Goudelock made $475,000 last season as a second round pick with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Goudelock was cut by the Lakers before the season opener this season and went on to play in the D-League, ultimately winning MVP honors.
The Lakers signed Goudelock for the final two games of the regular season and playoffs following Kobe Bryant's season-ending injury.
“I’m broke,” Goudelock said. “I’m cool. Nobody would know that I’m broke. I just come here with a smile on my face.”
Goudelock averaged 21.4 points in the D-League and is now starting for the Lakers int he playoffs.
“This business just keeps getting crazier,” Goudelock said. “I wouldn’t think I’d be here two weeks ago. Nothing happens the way it’s supposed to happen. This is a great opportunity, going from the D-League a week and a half ago to starting in the playoffs. It shows you the nature of the business.”
Goudelock was living paycheck to paycheck after finishing up his rookie salary.
“I was so broke I had to borrow money,” he said. “I’ve had the same girlfriend since college, and I had to call her to give me money and she’s still in college, but I didn’t have any other choice. I didn’t want to call my parents. I’m too old for that. Some days I couldn’t even eat, and she sent me money. It’s definitely an experience I’m going to tell my kids about.”
Goudelock made about $1,200 every two weeks while he was in the D-League, while his per diem was $40.
Apr 26, 2013 2:35 PM EDT
The Philadelphia 76ers will have a D-League franchise based in Newark, Delaware, according to sources.
The affiliate won't be an expansion as it will be the relocation of a dormant franchise.
The 76ers will join the likes of the Thunder, Rockets and Spurs to have a single franchise D-League affiliate.
Apr 25, 2013 6:57 PM EDT
Andrew Goudelock has been named the 2013 NBA Development League’s Most Valuable Player, as voted by the NBA D-League’s 16 head coaches, for his efforts as a member of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Sioux Falls Skyforce.
Goudelock (6-3, 200, College of Charleston) played in 37 games, all starts, for the Vipers this season, averaging 21.4 points to go with 5.8 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 36.7 minutes, while leading the team in scoring 16 times. Selected to play in the 2013 NBA D-League All-Star Game, Goudelock was traded in January to Rio Grande Valley from the Sioux Falls Skyforce, where he played in 14 games.
In all, Goudelock appeared in 52 regular season NBA D-League games, averaging 21.1 points, good for third best in the NBA D-League, to go with 5.2 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 37.1 minutes.
Apr 17, 2013 3:48 PM EDT
Texas Legends center Dwayne Jones will sign with the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday for the remainder of the season, agent Joel Bell told RealGM.
Jones was on a flight Wednesday afternoon to sign his contract and is eligible to play in the playoffs.
A 29-year-old, 6-foot-11 center, Jones will give the Warriors additional size on the front line heading into a likely playoff matchup against the Denver Nuggets’ strong, athletic frontcourt. Andrew Bogut has dealt with injuries throughout the season, forcing Mark Jackson to give rookie Festus Ezeli 41 starts at center.
Jones had a five-year NBA career starting in 2005 with the Boston Celtics, and he ultimately was on three other teams – including playing parts of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Finals season in 2007. He has career averages of 1.3 points and 2.3 rebounds.
Apr 14, 2013 4:11 PM EDT
Springfield Armor forward Willie Reed will sign with the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday for the rest of the season, agent Joel Bell told RealGM on Sunday afternoon.
Reed averaged 14.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks for Springfield this season, posting 12 double-doubles in 48 games. At 6-foot-10, Reed will bolster what’s already a big, physical Grizzlies frontcourt.
Future terms of Reed’s contract with the Grizzlies are still being worked out, Bell said. Reed is expected to be available by Wednesday night’s home game against the Utah Jazz and will be eligible for the playoffs.
Reed, 22, played two seasons at St. Louis before going undrafted in the 2011 NBA draft.
Apr 08, 2013 5:10 PM EDT
The Golden State Warriors have assigned Scott Machado to their D-League affiliate, Santa Cruz.
Machado was signed by the Warriors to a 10-day contract on Sunday.
Machado appeared in 10 games for Santa Cruz prior to his call-up, averaging 6.5 points, 1.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 15.0 minutes.
Apr 07, 2013 4:54 AM EDT
The Phoenix Suns have assigned guard Diante Garrett to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League.
Garrett will spend his second stint in Bakersfield after he was originally assigned to the Jam on Jan. 10, where he averaged 15.1 points, 7.4 assists and 1.7 steals while appearing in seven games for the Jam (five starts). During his seven-game assignment, the Jam compiled a 6-1 (.857) record, including a season-best six-game win streak.
Apr 05, 2013 3:13 AM EDT
The Los Angeles Lakers have recalled Darius Morris and Robert Sacre from the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League.
Morris and Sacre were both assigned to the D-Fenders on Wednesday and started in that day's game against the Canton Charge, helping the team overcome a 25-point second half deficit in a 114-109 victory in El Segundo. Sacre posted 14 points, six rebounds, and two blocks in 31 minutes, while Morris tallied nine points, nine assists, six rebounds and a steal in 34 minutes.
Justin Holiday is the brother of 76ers star Jrue Holiday.
Kris Joseph started the season with the Celtics.
Maalik Wayns was picked up from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Mar. 9.
Royce White previously indicated that a plan is in place for him to skip the D-League playoffs.
Terrel Harris has appeared in six games for the Hornets this season.
The Jazz roster now stands at 15 players.
Royce White returned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Tuesday.
Tornike Shengelia and Tyshawn Taylor have played 10 and eight games, respectively, for the Armor.
Jerel McNeal has averaged 18.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 44 games this season for Bakersfield.
Five days after he left the team, Royce White has returned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Rio Grande Valley’s Andrew Goudelock and Fort Wayne’s Tony Mitchell have been named NBA Development League Co-Performers of the Week for games played March 18 – March 24.
In 11 games for the Spurs this season, Aron Baynes has averaged 2.2 points and 1.4 rebounds in 6.6 minutes.
The Thunder have reassigned Perry Jones, DeAndre Liggins and Daniel Orton to the Tulsa 66ers, the Thunder’s NBA Development League affiliate.
The Mavericks have decided not to give Chris Wright a second 10-day contract.
Dominique Johnson averaged 9.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 35 games with the Canton Charge this season.
Royce White posted on his Twitter account that he will rejoin the Houston Rockets next season.
Royce White was suspended in January for failing to report to the Vipers.
In 25 games (23 starts) this season for the 66ers, Chris Quinn has averaged 12.7 points on .475 shooting.
Aron Baynes has appeared in five games with Austin, averaging 15.0 points and 8.2 rebounds in 24.6 minutes.
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