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Rakeem Christmas Named D-League Player Of The Week

Dec 7, 2015 10:16 PM

Fort Wayne Mad Ants forward Rakeem Christmas, playing on assignment from the Indiana Pacers, has been named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Nov. 30 – Sunday, Dec. 6.

Christmas (6-9, 239, Syracuse) led Fort Wayne to a 3-0 week behind averages 24.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.7 blocks. On Dec. 2, Christmas recorded a double-double with 25 points and 13 rebounds as part of a 98-97 victory to hand the Westchester Knicks their first loss of the season. He followed that up with a five-block effort in a 98-94 win over the Canton Charge on Dec. 4. On Dec. 6, he scored a career-high 30 points on 11-for-15 shooting, to go along with seven rebounds, three blocks and two assists in a 105-92 victory over the Grand Rapids Drive.
For the season, Christmas is averaging 19.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.5 blocks (seventh in the D-League)

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Pacers Acquire Fort Wayne May Ants Of D-League

Sep 9, 2015 1:39 PM

Pacers Sports & Entertainment, the parent organization of the Indiana Pacers, has acquired the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the National Basketball Association’s Development League.

Terms of the purchase were not disclosed. With the acquisition, the Mad Ants become the 10th D-League team to be wholly owned by an NBA franchise and now all 19 D-League teams are singly-affiliated with NBA franchises.

“We are proud to extend the Pacers brand into Northeast Indiana and excited about continuing the tradition of professional basketball in Fort Wayne,” said Pacers Sports & Entertainment owner Herb Simon. “We will work closely with the Mad Ants staff to provide support and expertise on both the business and basketball sides and we hope to build on their enthusiastic fan base.”

The Mad Ants were previously owned by the Fort Wayne Basketball Group, LLC, which was led by majority investors John Zeglis, Julie Potter, and Jeff Potter. Jeff Potter, former president of the Mad Ants, will continue with the team as its president of business operations.

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Pacers To Purchase D-League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants

Aug 1, 2015 2:21 PM

The Indiana Pacers are expected to purchase the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the D-League.

The Mad Ants have been the D-League's lone independent affiliate.

There would be a remaining 11 teams without a D-League franchise.

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CJ Fair Named D-League Player Of The Week

Apr 6, 2015 4:04 PM

Fort Wayne Mad Ants forward CJ Fair has been named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, March 30 – Sunday, April 5.  

Fair led the Mad Ants to a 2-0 record last week as the team clinched the Eastern Conference’s fourth seed in the 2015 NBA D-League Playoffs.  For the week, Fair averaged 26.5 points on 62 percent shooting along with 12.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks. 

He scored a season-high 28 points to go with 10 rebounds and three blocks in a 98-91 road win over Sioux Falls on April 3.  The next night, he posted a 25-point, 14-rebound game against the Skyforce at home. 

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Raptors Assign Lucas Nogueira To D-League

Mar 12, 2015 12:50 PM

The Toronto Raptors have assigned Lucas Nogueira to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.

Nogueira will continue to be included on the Raptors’ roster and will remain on the team’s inactive list. He is expected to be in uniform for the Mad Ants on Saturday when they play host to the Delaware 87ers at 7:30 p.m.

Nogueira made his NBA debut November 21 versus Milwaukee and grabbed a season-high five rebounds in nine minutes of action. He has played a total of 23 minutes in six games with Toronto this season, recording six points and 11 rebounds.

A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Nogueira was selected 16th overall by Boston in the 2013 NBA Draft.

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Jordan Crawford Acquired By Fort Wayne In D-League

Mar 11, 2015 4:38 PM

Jordan Crawford has been acquired by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League, the team announced Wednesday.

Crawford is set to be in action with the Mad Ants on Saturday against Delaware.

Crawford played in the Chinese Basketball Association before leaving due to a medical issue.

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Clippers Considering Deal With Andre Emmett

Mar 7, 2015 3:55 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers are strongly considering signing Andre Emmett, league sources tell RealGM.

Emmett is a leading candidate for D-League MVP, averaging 22.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Emmett has had two short NBA stints with the Memphis Grizzlies and Brooklyn Nets after being a second round pick in 2004.

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Raptors Reassign Bruno Caboclo To Mad Ants

Feb 18, 2015 11:52 AM

The Toronto Raptors have reassigned Bruno Caboclo to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the team’s NBA Development League affiliate.

The assignment is the 152nd of the 2014-15 campaign and Caboclo is one of 50 NBA players to have been assigned to the NBA D-League this season.

Caboclo has appeared in four games with the Raptors this season, as well as three D-League games.

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