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D-Fenders Acquire Almond, Mike Taylor From Iowa For Jarrid Famous, First Round Pick

The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired Morris Almond and Mike Taylor from the Iowa Energy in exchange for Jarrid Famous and a 2013 first round draft pick.

Almond, a two-time NBA Development League All-Star (2008, 2010) and NBA D-League Impact Player of the Year (2008), has averaged 23.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 137 career NBA D-League games (128 starts) with Iowa, Maine, Springfield and Utah. 

Taylor (6’2” / 170lbs), who most recently played for CEZ Basketball Nymburk (Czech Republic), returns to the NBA D-League for the first time since playing for the Energy during the 2010-11 season.  

Via RealGM Staff Report

Cavaliers Reassign Kevin Jones To D-League

The Cleveland Cavaliers have reassigned rookie forward Kevin Jones to the Canton Charge, Cleveland’s NBA Development League affiliate.  

Jones (6-8, 260, West Virginia) has appeared in 15 games for Cleveland this season, averaging 1.9 points, 1.5 rebounds and 9.0 minutes. 

During his first stint with Canton this season, Jones appeared in six games, averaging 23.8 points, 12.3 rebounds and 40.8 minutes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Nuggets Assign Julyan Stone To Iowa Energy

The Denver Nuggets have assigned second year guard Julyan Stone to the Iowa Energy, the Nuggets’ NBA Development League affiliate. 

Stone (6-6, 200, Texas-El Paso) returns to the NBA D-League having been assigned last season to the Idaho Stampede when he played in three games, averaging 7.3 points, 7.0 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 23.0 minutes.

Stone joins Nuggets teammate Quincy Miller on the Energy’s roster.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Chris Johnson Used D-League Showcase To Earn Spot With Grizzlies

Chris Johnson's 10-day contract with the Memphis Grizzlies expires on Friday.

The Grizzlies can sign him to a second 10-day contract or for the remainder of the season.

"I root for these between-the-crack guys," general manager Chris Wallace said. "He's a confident guy without being overbearing about it. He's been a seamless fit. Hopefully, he can keep it up."

Wallace and vice president of basketball operations John Hollinger were impressed by Johnson last month at the D-League showcase. Wallace subsequently saw Johnson again during a D-League trip to Reno where the intention was to watch Tony Wroten.

"I figured why not go to the D-League and play for a chance to get a call-up?" said Johnson, a four-year college player at Dayton. "Once you sign that contract overseas, you're over there for a year. In the D-League, NBA scouts come check you out and look to potentially call you up. I'm grateful that the Griz did and just threw me out there. I'm trying to make the best of this opportunity."

Via Ronald Tillery/Memphis Commercial Appeal

Toros Sign Ryan Ayers

The Austin Toros have signed small forward Ryan Ayers. 

Ayers (6-7, 210, Notre Dame) most recent professional play was in France with Orleans Loiret Basket, where in seven games this season he averaged 4.3 points and 1.3 rebounds in 15.4 minutes.

In 2011-12, Ayers started 38 of 40 games with Boulazac Basket Dordogne averaging 11 points and 2.6 rebounds in 29.7 minutes. In 2009-10, Ayers played 50 games with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (NBA D-League) where he averaged 9.7 points and 3.5 rebounds in 27.8 minutes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Celtics Recall Fab Melo From D-League

The Boston Celtics have recalled center Fab Melo from their NBA Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.

Melo, a 7’0” center, has appeared in 19 games for the Red Claws this season and has posted 11.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and an NBADL-high 3.8 blocks in 27.7 minutes per game.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Iverson Declines D-League Offer, Admits Actions Ended Career Early

Allen Iverson wrote on Twitter that he has declined an invitation to join the D-League's Texas Legends.

The Legends have been pursuing Iverson throughout the season.

"I thank Donnie (Nelson) and Dallas for the consideration and while I think the D-League is a great opportunity, it is not the route for me," wrote Iverson.

"I realize my actions contributed to my early departure from the NBA, should God provide me another opportunity I will give it my all," Iverson continued.

Iverson's post was his first in 57 days.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Lazar Hayward Signs With D-Fenders

Lazar Hayward has re-signed with the Los Angeles D-Fenders. Hayward was signed by the Minnesota Timberwolves on Dec. 31 and became a free agent on Jan. 18.

In 72 career NBA games with the Thunder and Timberwolves, Hayward has averaged 2.9 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 8.2 minutes. The 6-6, 225 pound forward also played three games with Tulsa of the NBA Development League in 2012, averaging 24.0 points 5.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 34.3 minutes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Mavericks Reassign Cunningham To Legends

The Dallas Mavericks have reassigned rookie guard Jared Cunningham to the Texas Legends, the Mavericks’ NBA Development League affiliate. 

Cunningham returns to the Legends following an assignment earlier in the season when he played in seven games, and averaged 18.1 points, 3.0 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 37.0 minutes. 

In eight games for the Mavericks this season, Cunningham is averaging 2.0 points in 3.3 minutes per game. Originally selected in the first round (24th overall) of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cunningham’s rights were traded on Draft Night to the Mavericks.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Thunder Recall Lamb, Orton From D-League

The Oklahoma City Thunder have recalled guard Jeremy Lamb and center Daniel Orton from the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.

Lamb has appeared in 14 games (all starts) with the 66ers this season, averaging 21.1 points (1st in NBA D-League), 5.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 33.4 minutes.

Orton has seen action in 19 games (all starts) with Tulsa this season, averaging 11.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.3 steals, 2.1 blocks (6th in NBA D-League) in 28.7 minutes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Tornike Shengelia Named D-League Player Of The Week

Tornike Shengelia averaged 31.5 points, 15.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 41.0 minutes.

Suns Recall Diante Garrett From D-League

Diante Garrett averaged 15.1 points, 7.4 assists and 1.7 steals while appearing in seven games for the Jam (five starts).

Nets Recall Shengelia, Taylor From D-League

Tornike Shengelia holds D-League averages of 28.3 points, 13.7 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game.

Iverson Being Recruited By D-League's Legends

Allen Iverson last played in the in the NBA during the 09-10 season and wants to return.

Royce White Reinstated, Assigned To D-League

Royce White was suspended on Jan. 6.

Hornets Recall Darius Miller From D-League

Darius Miller averaged 9.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.6 steals per game in 27.2 minutes per game in the D-League.

Delonte West Signs With D-League's Legends

West filed paperwork to enter the D-League in an effort to make an NBA comeback.

Spurs Assign Cory Joseph To Austin

Cory Joseph has now been assigned to Austin five times this season.

Delonte West Files Paperwork To Enter D-League

As the first team in the waiver wire, the Texas Legends could claim Delonte West.

McCants Close To Signing With Legends

Rashad McCants is close to signing with the Texas Legends.

Royce White, Rockets Close To Agreement On His Return

Royce White will be assigned to the D-League upon his agreement with the Rockets.

Grizzlies Sign Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson has appeared in 21 games for the Vipers this season, averaging 12.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 29.0 minutes.

Toros Acquire Chris Roberts From Legends For Dentmon, Head

The Toros have acquired Chris Roberts in exchange for guards Justin Dentmon and Luther Head from the Legends.

Nets Reassign Shengelia, Taylor To D-League

The Nets have reassigned forward Tornike Shengelia and guard Tyshawn Taylor to the Springfield Armor of the NBA Development League.

Kevin Jones Recalled From Canton

Kevin Jones had 25 points on 12-of-25 shooting to go along with 11 rebounds and two blocks in 40 minutes on Monday.

Demetris Nichols Named D-League Player Of The Week

Demetris Nicholas averaged 25.7 points while shooting 74 percent from the floor to go with 6.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 37.7 minutes.

Cavaliers Reassign Kevin Jones To D-League

During his first stint with Canton this season, Kevin Jones appeared in five games, averaging 23.6 points, 12.6 rebounds and 41.0 minutes.

Bucks Recall Doron Lamb From D-League

Doron Lamb appeared in two games for the Mad Ants during his assignment, averaging 7.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 24.5 minutes per game.

Warriors Re-Assign Jeremy Tyler To D-League

Tyler is schedule to play for the teamís home game on Sunday in Santa Cruz against the Erie BayHawks.

Chris Johnson Signs 10-Day Contract With Wolves

Chris Johnson was averaging 10.9 points and 6.1 rebounds for Santa Cruz in the D League.
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