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Phil Hubbard Could Become Head Coach Of D-Fenders

Phil Hubbard is the leading candidate to become head coach of the Los Angeles D-Fenders, D-League affiliate for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Hubbard played for the Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers in the late 1970s and 1980s.

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

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Elijah Millsap Signs With D-Fenders

Elijah Millsap has signed with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League.

Millsap played for the D-Fenders over the past two seasons.

Millsap had spent the earlier part of the season with Maccabi Ashdod.

Millsap went to training camp with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Brandon Costner, Willie Reed Named D-League Players Of The Week

Los Angeles D-Fenders forward Brandon Costner and Springfield Armor forward Willie Reed were named NBA Development League Co-Performers of the Week for games played Monday, March 17- Sunday, March 23.  

Costner (6-9, 235, North Carolina State) led the D-Fenders to a 2-1 week, including wins over the Austin Toros and Santa Cruz Warriors. For the week, Costner averaged 27.0 points on 59 percent shooting from the floor to go with 11.3 rebounds.

Reed (6-10, 220, St. Louis) helped the Armor record a 2-2 week, securing wins against the Erie BayHawks and Canton Charge while averaging 18.3 points on 56 percent shooting, to go with 19.3 rebounds, including 7.5 offensive rebounds. 

Via RealGM Staff Report

Shawne Williams Named D-League Player Of The Week

Shawne Williams has been named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, March 10 – Sunday, March 16. The award is the first for Williams, who becomes the third member of the Los Angeles D-Fender to be honored as Performer of the Week this season, joining Manny Harris and Terrence Williams.

Williams (6-9, 225, Memphis) led the D-Fenders to a 3-0 week, including road wins over the Tulsa 66ers and Canton Charge.  For the week, Williams averaged 26.3 points on 49 percent shooting from the floor and 46 percent shooting from three-point territory to go with 7.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocks.  His 34-point performance on March 15 at Canton was his NBA D-League career high. 

A six-year NBA veteran who played in 36 games for the Los Angeles Lakers this season, Williams is averaging 19.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 30.6 minutes in 13 games for the D-Fenders. 

Via RealGM Staff Report

Lakers Recall Xavier Henry From D-League

The Los Angeles Lakers have recalled Xavier Henry from the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League.

Henry played two games with the D-Fenders.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Lakers Assign Xavier Henry To D-League

The Los Angeles Lakers have assigned Xavier Henry to the NBA D-League.

Henry will play in the Los Angeles D-Fenders' game on Thursday night.

Henry has missed the last 27 games due to a right knee injury.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Terrence Williams Named D-League Player Of The Month For January

Los Angeles D-Fenders guard/forward Terrence Williams was today named NBA Development League Player of the Month for games played in January. The award is the first of Williams’ career.

Williams (6-6, 220, Louisville) averaged 21.5 points on 42 percent shooting from the floor to go with 6.1 assists and 4.8 rebounds in January, appearing in 12 of the team’s 13 games. For the month, the D-Fenders were an NBA D-League best 10-3. 

Williams scored in double figures 10 times in January and set a D-Fenders record with a 50-point outing against the Idaho Stampede on Jan. 31. 

For the season, Williams is averaging 21.8 points, good for seventh in the NBA D-League, along with 5.9 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 36.9 minutes in 13 games, 12 starts.  His 50-point outing was the second-highest single-game point total this season. 

Via RealGM Staff Report

D-Fenders Acquire Shawne Williams

The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired former Los Angeles Lakers forward Shawne Williams, by way of a successful waiver claim.

Williams (6’9” / 230) was selected in the first round (17th selection) of the 2006 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers. Most recently, he spent 32 games (11 starts) with the Lakers this season, posting averages of 5.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 20.2 minutes. The Memphis native has appeared in 247 career NBA games (34 starts) with the Pacers, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets and Lakers. Williams has also played for Guangzhou Liu Sui, of the Chinese National Basketball League.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Isaiah Canaan, Terrence Williams Named D-League Players Of The Week

Isaiah Canaan, a Houston Rockets rookie playing on assignment for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, and Terrence Williams of the Los Angeles D-Fenders, were named NBA Development League Co-Performers of the Week for games played Jan. 20-26. 

A 6-0, 188-pound guard out of Murray State, Canaan averaged 25.8 points, 6.8 assists and 4.5 rebounds to lead the Vipers to a 3-1 week.  On his second assignment with Rio Grande Valley, Caanan scored at least 19 points in all four games and, on Jan. 25 he recorded a season-high 34 points to go along with seven rebounds and seven assists in a 123-116 victory over the Austin Toros. For the season, Canaan is averaging 22.7 points, good for second best on the Vipers and seventh in the NBA D-League, to go with an NBA D-League-high 8.6 assists and 4.4 rebounds. 

Williams, a 6-6, 220-pound swingman from Louisville, averaged 27.3 points, 6.7 assists and 6.3 rebounds, guiding Los Angeles to a 2-1 week. On Jan. 24, he tallied a season-high 39 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists in a 118-111 win over the Reno Bighorns. For the season, Williams is averaging 18.1 points, 6.2 assists and 4.7 rebounds. The D-Fenders are 7-3 since Williams made his debut on Jan. 4.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Manny Harris Again Named D-League Player Of The Week

Manny Harris of the Los Angeles D-Fenders has been named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Jan. 6 – Sunday, Jan. 12.

Harris, a 6-5, 185-pound guard from Michigan, led Los Angeles to a 2-1 record last week and averaged 35.0 points on .574 shooting (39-for-68).  On Jan. 10, he scored a franchise record 49 points to go along with six rebounds, three assists and three steals in a 133-124 win over the Idaho Stampede. 

This is the second consecutive Performer of the Week awarded to Harris and the fourth of his career. He is second in the NBA D-League in scoring with 29.7 ppg, and fifth in the league with 2.17 spg. Harris has tallied at least 30 points in six of his 12 games for Los Angeles this season.

Other top performers considered include San Antonio Spurs’ assignee/Austin’s Nando De Colo, Idaho’s Kevin Murphy, Maine’s Chris Wright, Rio Grande Valley’s Robert Covington, Sioux Falls’ Justin Hamilton and Springfield’s Darius Johnson-Odom.

Via RealGM Staff Report

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James Southerland Drawing NBA Interest Amid D-League Play

James Southerland has met with NBA teams at the D-League Showcase in Reno, Nev., and is maintaining discussions with three other organizations, a league source told RealGM.

Chris Smith To Sign With D-Fenders

Chris Smith averaged 11.3 points in six games with the BayHawks of the D-League on an assignment from the Knicks.

Manny Harris Named D-League Player Of The Week

Manny Harris averaged 29.3 points in three games last week.

Terrence Williams Acquired By D-Fenders

Terrence Williams most recently spent time playing in Turkey for Turk Telekom Ankara and has also played internationally in China for the Guangdong Southern Tigers.

Malcolm Thomas To Sign With Spurs

Malcolm Thomas has played with the D-Fenders this season and had gotten off to a strong start.

Lakers Re-Assign Ryan Kelly, Elias Harris To D-League

Ryan Kelly and Elias Harris have spent time with both the Lakers and their D-League affiliate this season.

Lakers Recall Ryan Kelly, Elias Harris From D-League

Ryan Kelly and Elias Harris will be available for the Lakers' game against the Warriors on Friday.

Lakers Assign Ryan Kelly, Elias Harris To D-Fenders

Ryan Kelly and Elias Harris were second round picks in the 2013 NBA Draft.
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