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Robert Covington, 76ers Nearly Finalize Agreement; Forward Likely Signing In D-League

Free agent forward Robert Covington and the Philadelphia 76ers progressed toward finalizing a multi-year contract this week, but a deal has deteriorated as the two sides failed to agree upon contract length, league sources told RealGM.

Without an NBA deal, Covington is expected to sign a contract in the NBA Development League on Thursday, where several organizations plan to monitor the 6-foot-9 forward. The 76ers had offered Covington their standard, four-year proposal, with high contract guarantees, and both sides couldn’t agree to a shorter-term deal.

Covington was formally waived by the Houston Rockets over the weekend, despite being informed of a parting with the franchise early in October.

An undrafted prospect out of Tennessee State, Covington had a breakout season in the D-League a year ago, averaging 23.2 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.4 steals for Rio Grande Valley and winning several awards (All-Star Game MVP, All D-League First Team).

He averaged 2.3 points and 4.8 minutes in seven regular-season appearances for the Rockets.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Malcolm Turner Hired As D-League President

Malcolm Turner has been hired as president of the NBA Development League, according to sources.

Turner was previously with the Wasserman Media Group.

Previous president Dan Reed left his position in July for a job with Facebook.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Ranadivé Pitched 4-On-5 Defense To Have 5th Player Cherry-Pick

Vivek Ranadivé has pitched an idea to the Sacramento Kings' brain trust of playing 4-on-5 defense to leave one player to cherry-pick on the offensive end of the floor, according to multiple sources.

The Kings won't try that idea, but their D-League affiliate might experiment with the concept.

Ranadivé is committed to pushing boundaries in his search for an offbeat brand of “position-less” ball.

Via Zach Lowe/Grantland

Celtics Claim Jarell Eddie Off Free Agent Waivers

The Boston Celtics have claimed free agent forward Jarell Eddie off NBA waivers, a league source told RealGM.

Eddie was recently released by the Atlanta Hawks, and he drew multiple waiver bids before the Celtics were awarded his rights. Eddie, who has a non-guaranteed contract, could be being signed to be released as part of Boston’s allocated players to Maine in the NBA D-League.

Eddie scored eight points and grabbed two rebounds in 39 minutes over four preseason games for the Hawks.

Eddie, a standout at Virginia Tech, went undrafted in the June NBA Draft. He played in the summer league for the Washington Wizards. 

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Rockets To Rely On D-League Growth For Clint Capela, Nick Johnson

The Houston Rockets plan to utilize the NBA Development League heavily this season for their two draft picks, Clint Capela and Nick Johnson.

“The Vipers have been great for us,” Kevin McHale said. “We sent guys down here. It helped them. D-Mo was down here. Terrence came down for a while. It really helps their game a lot. I like it. Like this year, will be a huge year for Clint Capela down here. That will be fantastic. Nick Johnson will be able to uses this to improve. It’s been fantastic for us."

Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas developed in the D-League with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in 2012-13, while Isaiah Canaan and Troy Daniels played with the Vipers most of last season.

Via Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Mavericks To Sign Yuki Togashi To Non-Guaranteed Deal

The Dallas Mavericks will sign Yuki Togashi after he passes his physical on Tuesday.

Togashi will be eligible to practice with the team, but he is most likely to end up with the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League.

Togashi, a 5-foot-7 guard who played for Dallas in Summer League, is going to sign a non-guaranteed deal.

Via Eddie Sefko/Dallas Morning News

Kings Hire Division III Assistant To Coach D-League Affiliate

The Sacramento Kings have hired David Arseneault Jr. of Divison III Grinnell (Iowa) College to coach their D-League affiliate.

Arseneault, who has served as an assistant at Ginnell College, will try to incorporate the Division III program's well-chronicled high-scoring offensive system into the Reno Bighorns.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Warriors Trade Seth Curry's D-League Rights To Erie BayHawks

The Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League have acquired the rights of guard Seth Curry in a trade with the Santa Cruz Warriors.

Curry signed a training camp deal with the Orlando Magic in the offseason.

In exchange for Curry’s rights, Erie will provide Santa Cruz a first round pick in the 2015 NBA D-League Draft and the rights to guard Scott Suggs.

Curry, younger brother of NBA star Stephen Curry, played three years at Duke University and went undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Semaj Christon To Sign With Thunder's D-League Affiliate

Semaj Christon will start his professional career by signing in the NBA D-League with the Oklahoma City Thunder's affiliate, the Blue.

Christon, who was the 55th overall pick in the June NBA Draft, will play multiple times a week in the D-League.

Christon played NBA Summer League ball with the Thunder in Orlando in July and has been with the franchise since he was drafted.

Christon played his college basketball at Xavier.

Via Shannon Russell/Cincinnati.com

Earl Watson Joins Austin Toros As Assistant Coach

The Austin Toros of the NBA D-League have hired Earl Watson and Jason Fraser as assistant coaches.

Watson and Fraser join current head coach Ken McDonald and assistant coach Mike Miller on the Toros bench.

“I'm thrilled with the addition of Earl and Jason to our staff,” McDonald said in a statement. “Both have valuable basketball backgrounds and will bring depth and experience to our group.”

Watson had a 13-year NBA career that included time with seven teams (Seattle, Memphis, Denver, Oklahoma City, Indiana, Utah and Portland).

Via RealGM Staff Report

Phil Weber Hired As Head Coach Of Sioux Falls Skyforce

Prior to joining the Heat as a consultant, Phil Weber worked as an assistant coach for the Knicks (2008-12) and Suns (1999-2008).

Canton Charge Hire Jordi Hernandez As New Head Coach

The Cavaliers have hired Jordi Fernandez as the new head coach of their exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League affiliate, the Canton Charge.

David Wear To Sign Camp Deal With Kings

Travis Wear could eventually join the Reno Bighorns in the D-League if he doesn't make Michael Malone's roster.

Chane Behanan To Sign In D-League

Chane Behanan has decided to sign in the NBA Development League and enter its draft, a source told RealGM.

Magic Name Bill Peterson Head Coach Of BayHawks

The Magic have named Bill Peterson as head coach of its D-League team, the Erie BayHawks.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo Turned Down Significant Money In Europe To Remain In D-League

Phil Jackson and Steve Mills have conveyed to Thanasis Antetokounmpo that he's in the Knicks' plans.

Thunder Name Mark Daigneault Head Coach Of D-League Affiliate

Mark Daigneault joins the Thunder organization after spending the past four years working under Billy Donovan at Florida.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo Joining Knicks' D-League Affiliate After Considering Europe Deals

Thanasis Antetokounmpo has decided upon playing next season with the Knicks’ affiliate in Westchester, sources told RealGM.

Phil Hubbard Could Become Head Coach Of D-Fenders

Phil Hubbard is a longtime assistant coach with a long tenure under Eddie Jordan with the Wizards and previous stops in the D-League.

Jonnie West Named Santa Cruz Associate GM

The Warriors have promoted Jonnie West to associate general manager of the Santa Cruz Warriors.

Dean Cooper Named Head Coach Of D-League's Stampede

Dean Cooper spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach for the Rockets.

Otis Smith In Talks To Become Pistons' D-League Coach

Stan Van Gundy and Otis Smith worked together with the Magic.

Jamal Jones To Sign In D-League After Junior Season At Texas A&M

Jamal Jones will sign in the NBA Development League in hopes of boosting his stock for the 2015 NBA Draft, a source told RealGM.

Todd Mayo Leaving Marquette To Pursue Pro Career

Todd Mayo told RealGM that he plans to sign in the D-League and place his name in next June’s NBA Draft.

Agent Of Josh Huestis Proposed Delaying Rookie Contract By Going To D-League

Josh Huestis will receive approximately $25,000 instead of $750,000.

D-League President Dan Reed Leaving NBA For Facebook

Dan Reed is leaving the NBA after more than a decade of service to join Facebook as head of global sports partnerships.

Magic, BayHawks Enter Single Affiliation Partnership

The D-League now has eight single partnership affiliates.

Suns, Bakersfield Enter Single Affiliate D-League Partnership

The Suns become the record 15th NBA franchise to have a one-to-one relationship with an NBA D-League team, solidifying half of the NBA’s 30 teams as singly-affiliated.

Howard, Murphy, Covington, Jeffers, Hamilton Headline All-D-League Team

Ron Howard, Kevin Murphy, Robert Covington, Othyus Jeffers and Justin Hamilton were First Team selections.

NBA Announces List Of 75 Early Entry Candidates For Draft

The NBA has announced 75 early entry candidates for the 2014 NBA Draft, including 45 players from colleges and 30 International players.
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