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Robert Upshaw's D-League Contract Terminated For Drug Violation

Mar 11, 2016 4:14 PM

The NBA Development League announced that Los Angeles D-Fenders center Robert Upshaw’s playing services have been terminated, effective immediately, for violating the league’s Anti-Drug Program.

Upshaw went undrafted out of Washington in the 2015 NBA Draft and was with the Los Angeles Lakers in both the Summer League and preseason.

Upshaw averaged 7.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 15.6 minutes over 28 games in the D-League this season. Upshaw also had a PER of 13.7.

 

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D-Fenders Acquire Jeff Ayres

Mar 4, 2016 6:53 PM

The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired Jeff Ayres from the Idaho Stampede in exchange for the D-Fenders own 2016 first round draft pick.

Ayres has appeared in 225 career NBA games for the Trail Blazers, Pacers, Spurs and Clippers, with career averages of 3.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in 9.9 minutes. The 2016 NBA D-League All-Star has seen action in 25 games (23 starts) for the Idaho Stampede this season, tallying 16.2 points (55.8 FG%), 9.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 32.4 minutes.

In 126 career games at Arizona State (2005-09), Ayres averaged 12.6 points (58.0 FG%), 7.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game. Ayres earned First Team All-Pac-10 honors as a senior, scoring 14.5 points and grabbing 8.2 rebounds per game. Ayres shot 66.0% from the field as a senior, tops in the NCAA.

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Vander Blue Named D-League Player Of The Month

Mar 2, 2016 1:12 PM

Vander Blue of the Los Angeles D-Fenders has been named NBA Development League Player of the Month for games played in February. 

Blue (6-4, 200, Marquette) sparked Los Angeles to a 7-2 month, averaging 30.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.8 steals. He shot 47.3 percent from the field (86-for-182) and connected on 36.2 percent of his three-point attempts (17-of-47).

Blue scored at least 20 points in every game and was named Performer of the Week for games played from Feb. 15-21. On Feb. 6, he registered 39 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals in a 126-112 win over the Santa Cruz Warriors. On Feb. 27, he tallied 35 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals in a 117-107 victory over the Idaho Stampede. His 16 made free throws tied a season high for most in a game this season.

Blue is in his third NBA D-League season and has played for the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers over the past three seasons. He’s averaging 26.0 points (fourth in the league), 5.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.0 steals (tied for sixth in the league).

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Pistons To Sign Justin Harper To 10-Day Contract

Feb 23, 2016 11:24 AM

The Detroit Pistons will sign Justin Harper to a 10-day contract.

Harper played for the Pistons in Summer League and Stan Van Gundy was with the Orlando Magic when he was drafted by the team in 2011.

Harper has been averaging 14.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 27.9 minutes per game in the D-League with the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

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Vander Blue Named D-League Player Of The Week

Feb 22, 2016 4:10 PM

Vander Blue of the Los Angeles D-Fenders has been named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 21.

Blue (6-4, 200, Marquette) helped Los Angeles to a 3-0 week, averaging 29.7 points (second in the league) on 46.7 percent shooting (28-for-60) to go with 7.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.0 steals. He connected on 28-of-31free throw attempts, good for 90.3 percent.

On Feb. 20, he scored 30 points on 11-for-19 shooting to go with eight rebounds in a 135-118 victory over the Reno Bighorns. On Feb. 21, he recorded 31 points, six rebounds and three assists in a 121-106 win over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

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Lakers Assign Tarik Black, Ryan Kelly To D-Fenders

Dec 18, 2015 8:06 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have assigned Tarik Black and Ryan Kelly to the D-Fenders.

Kelly scored a game-high 34 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the pair’s first appearance of the season on December 13th. Black finished with a double-double, tallying 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Black and Kelly are expected to be in uniform when the D-Fenders host the Idaho Stampede.

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D-Fenders Acquire Jamaal Franklin

Dec 4, 2015 3:29 PM

The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired forward Jamaal Franklin, it was announced today by General Manager Nick Mazzella. In a related move, the team has waived forward D.J. Shumpert.

Franklin returns to the D-Fenders after appearing in 21 games for the team during the 2014-15 season. The 6’5” forward recorded three triple doubles, averaging 19.2 points, 8.9 rebounds, 6.5 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. Franklin earned a Call-Up to the Denver Nuggets on April 12, 2015, playing in three games, tallying 1.0 points, 1.0 assists, and 0.7 rebounds per game. Franklin was drafted 41st overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2013 NBA Draft, appearing in 21 games, with averages of 1.9 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 0.3 assists in 7.7 minutes.

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D-Fenders Acquire Justin Harper

Nov 17, 2015 1:03 PM

The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired forward Justin Harper.

In a related move, the team has waived center Kentrell Gransberry.

Harper, a 6’10” forward from Richmond, spent training camp with the Brooklyn Nets and appeared in six preseason games, with averages of 9.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.0 assists in 19.1 minutes. Harper was drafted in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, and was immediately traded to the Orlando Magic for a future 2nd round pick. Harper played in 22 games for the Magic during the 2011-12 season. In November of 2012, Harper signed with the Idaho Stampede of the NBADL and appeared in 48 games, with averages of 11.7 points, and 6.5 rebounds per game. Harper has also played professionally in France, Israel and Italy since graduating from the University of Richmond in 2011.

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D-Fenders Hire Casey Owens As Head Coach

Aug 5, 2015 4:47 AM

The Los Angeles D-Fenders have named Casey Owens as head coach.

Owens replaces Conner Henry, who was called up to the Orlando Magic coaching staff on June 26th, and returns to the D-Fenders after serving as an assistant coach for the team during the 2013-14 season.  

“We are proud to announce Casey Owens as head coach of the D-Fenders,” said Buss. “Casey’s success globally and domestically is critical to our goal of developing players in a winning atmosphere, which will help guide us in our pursuit of a championship.”

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