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Chris Johnson Signs 10-Day Contract With Jazz

Jan 28, 2015 1:19 PM

The Utah Jazz have signed forward Chris Johnson of the NBA Development League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers to a 10-day contract.  Johnson becomes the NBA’s 24th overall NBA D-League Call-Up of the 2014-15 season and the 22nd different player to be called up.  

The 24-year-old Johnson (6-6, 201, Dayton) appeared in 14 games (all starts) for the Vipers this season, averaging 20.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.8 steals in 35.3 minutes per contest. He scored in double figures on 13 occasions and recorded 20-plus points in eight games, including one 30-point contest. He started the 2014-15 season with the Philadelphia 76ers, averaging 6.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 20.8 minutes while scoring in double figures twice in nine games (two starts), before being waived on Nov. 15. 

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Glen Rice Jr. Signs With Rio Grande Valley In D-League

Jan 12, 2015 12:54 PM

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers have acquired guard/forward Glen Rice, Jr.

Rice (6’6”, 215, Georgia Tech) played with the Washington Wizards, where he averaged 2.7 ppg over the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. He was drafted 35th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2013 NBA Draft, before being traded that night to the Wizards.

Rice was a member of the Vipers’ 2012-13 NBA D-League Championship squad.

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Rockets Reassign Nick Johnson To Rio Grande Valley

Jan 3, 2015 2:28 PM

The Houston Rockets have reassigned Nick Johnson to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League.

Johnson has played 17 games for the Rockets this season.

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Rockets Assign Clint Capela To D-League

Dec 27, 2014 6:25 PM

The Houston Rockets have assigned Clint Capela to their single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley.

Capela (6-10, 245, France), has appeared in four games for the Rockets and recorded six rebounds, one assist, a steal and a block in 12 total minutes of playing time. This will be Capela’s third stint in the D-League where he has averaged 9.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in 15.4 minutes per game with the Vipers over the course of nine games. The former Elan Chalon player out of France was selected by the Rockets 25th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft.

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Rockets Assign Clint Capela To Rio Grande Valley

Dec 17, 2014 1:11 AM

The Houston Rockets have assigned assigned center Clint Capela to Houston’s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner in Rio Grande Valley.

Capela (6-10, 245, France), has appeared in four games for the Rockets and recorded six rebounds, one assist, a steal and a block in 12 total minutes of playing time.

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Earl Clark Close To Deal In China

Dec 9, 2014 6:52 PM

Earl Clark is nearing a deal in China.

Clark currently is playing in the D-League for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

The Los Angeles Lakers have been interested in Clark.

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Earl Clark Named D-League Player Of The Month For November

Dec 1, 2014 4:35 PM

Earl Clark has been named NBA Development League Player of the Month for games played in November. The honor, the first of the 2014-15 season, is also the first of Clark’s NBA D-League career.

Clark helped the Vipers to a 4-3 record to start the 2014-15 season. The team was 4-0 in games he competed in. For the month, Clark led the Vipers in scoring (28.8 ppg), good for second-best in the NBA D-League, while shooting 45 percent (42-of-93) from the floor. He also averaged 7.3 rebounds and was third in the league in blocks (3.3 bpg).

Clark scored in double figures in all four games he played in, including a 35-point outing to secure a 151-148 triple-overtime road win over the Bakersfield Jam on Nov. 18.

Other players receiving consideration for the monthly award were Bakersfield’s Elijah Millsap, Idaho’s Kevin Murphy, Maine’s Tim Frazier, Reno’s Brady Heslip, and Texas’ Eric Griffin.

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Nick Johnson Assigned By Rockets To Rio Grande Valley

Nov 18, 2014 2:14 PM

Nick Johnson has been assigned to the Houston Rockets' single-affiliation NBA D-League partner, Rio Grande Valley. 

Johnson has appeared in three games with the Rockets so far this season, totaling two points and a rebound in 11 minutes of playing time.

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Rockets Assign Clint Capela To D-League

Nov 10, 2014 10:52 PM

The Houston Rockets assigned Clint Capela to Houston’s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley on Monday.

Capela (6-10, 245, France) appeared in one game with the Rockets so far this season on November 6th versus San Antonio, recording three rebounds and one assist.

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

Oct 19, 2014 1:57 AM

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.

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Robert Covington Named D-League Rookie Of The Year
Robert Covington averaged 23.2 points, good for second-best in the NBA D-League, while shooting 44 percent from the field.

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Rockets Reassign Isaiah Canaan, Robert Covington To D-League
The Rockets re-assigned Isaiah Canaan and Robert Covington to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

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Rockets Recall Robert Covington, Troy Daniels From D-League
The Rockets recalled Robert Covington and Troy Daniels from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League.

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Rockets Sign Troy Daniels, Waive Ronnie Brewer
Troy Daniels has spent the season with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and will remain with the D-League team.

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Rockets Re-Assign Isaiah Canaan To D-League
The Rockets have re-assigned Isaiah Canaan to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League.

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Robert Covington Named D-League All-Star Game MVP
Robert Covington scored 33 points, a new D-League All-Star Game record.

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Rockets Recall Isaiah Canaan From D-League
The Rockets recalled Isaiah Canaan from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League.

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