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Kings Assign Willie Reed To D-League

The Sacramento Kings assigned forward Willie Reed to their D-League affiliate Reno Bighorns.

Reed has averaged 13.6 points (.649 FG%, .800 FT%), 7.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists 2.4 blocks, and 25.0 minutes per game in five games off the bench for the Bighorns this season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Eric Gordon To Undergo Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Eric Gordon will miss the remainder of the season to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee next week, the New Orleans Pelicans announced on Thursday.

Gordon is expected to make a full recovery.

Gordon averaged 15.4 points on 43.6 percent shooting in 64 games this season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

D.J. White Signs With Bobcats For Remainder Of Season

The Charlotte Bobcats have signed forward D.J. White for the remainder of the season.

White, who signed a pair of 10-day contracts on March 21 and 31, has seen action in two games for the Bobcats this season, tallying two rebounds and one steal in five minutes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Rockets Sign Dexter Pittman, Release Greg Smith

The Houston Rockets agreed to sign Dexter Pittman while waiving Greg Smith.

Smith has missed most of the season due to a knee injury.

Pittman, who went to training camp with the Chicago Bulls and later signed a 10-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks, has averaged 11.3 points and 6.8 rebounds with the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League.

Via Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

James Southerland To Sign With Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans will use an injury exemption to create roster space to sign James Southerland out of the NBA Development League, a league source told RealGM.

Southerland’s deal for the remainder of the season won’t carry into 2014-15. The Pelicans had received an exemption that allows the team to exceed 15 players on the roster, which has sustained significant injuries to Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson.

The Pelicans announced Thursday that Anthony Davis (back) and Eric Gordon (knee) are out for the rest of the season.

Southerland made the Charlotte Bobcats’ roster out of training camp in October and appeared in one game before his release. The 6-foot-8 sharpshooter has averaged 14.7 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the D-League.

ESPN first reported Southerland’s call up to New Orleans.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

18 Of Past 23 GM Hires Weren't Former NBA Players Or Coaches

Of the 23 general managers NBA teams have hired in the last four offseasons, 18 neither played nor coached in the NBA.

In the 15 years prior, non-coaches and non-players comprised only 33 of the 81 GM hires. 

GMs who were former players or coaches tend to have shorter tenures than GM who were neither.

GMs who never played in the NBA are slightly worse in improving winning percentage, but they inherit better teams. GMs who were players or coaches have inherited teams with an average winning percentage of .410; GMs who are outsiders started working for teams with a .490 winning percentage. 

More outsiders' teams made the playoffs (63 percent vs. 48 percent) in their third year.

Via John Ezekowitz/Five Thirty Eight

Armor To Relocate To Grand Rapids In Hybrid Deal With Pistons

The Detroit Pistons will launch a D-League team in Grand Rapids with the Springfield Armor relocating.

Dennis Mannion, president of the Detroit Pistons, and Dan Reed, president of the NBA D-League, will be on hand to explain a “hybrid partnership with Detroit Pistons,” according to a press release sent out Thursday, April 10.

The team was purchased by an undisclosed local ownership group, and has received league approval, sources said.

“Hybrid” partnership, one of two ownership options followed by the NBA D-League, allows local ownership to control day-to-day and business operations while the parent club controls basketball operations. The other is exclusive ownership by the parent NBA club.

Via Peter J. Wallner/MLive

Nik Stauskas Leaves Michigan For NBA Draft

Nik Stauskas will leave Michigan to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

Stauskas had a breakout season as a sophomore, averaging 17.5 points while shooting 44 percent from 3-point range.

Stauskas averaged 11 points as a freshman.

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Bulls To Sign Lou Amundson For Remainder Of Season

The Chicago Bulls will sign Lou Amundson to a contract on Thursday for the remainder of the season, sources tell RealGM.

Amundson was on the New Orleans Pelicans for several weeks early in the season, averaging 2.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in 10.2 minutes in 18 games.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Report: Julius Randle To Enter NBA Draft

Julius Randle will leave Kentucky after one season, multiple sources told ESPN.

Randle disputed the report on Twitter on Wednesday.

Randle is a virtual lock to be a top-10 selection and could go in the top-5.

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Carlos Boozer Tunes Out Possibility Of Being Amnestied By Bulls

Carlos Boozer reiterated that he has tuned out discussion of the Bulls likely using the amnesty clause on him in the offseason.

LeBron Concedes Durant Has Performed 'Most Consistent' For MVP Award

LeBron James praised Kevin Durant as the most deserving candidate for the MVP award.

Mike James To Sign With Bulls For Remainder Of Season

Mike James' 10-day contract with the Bulls expired in January.

David Lee Doesn't Pay Attention To Criticsm Warriors Better Without Him

David Lee was asked how he felt about the suggestion that the Warriors might be better with a lineup consisting of Draymond Green at power forward instead of him.

Hilton Armstrong Signs With Warriors For Remainder Of Season

Hilton Armstrong has appeared in 12 games with Golden State this season.

Chris Walker To Return To Florida For Sophomore Season

Chris Walker was a draft prospect for the upcoming NBA Draft.

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.

Celtics Have Held Preliminary Discussions On Potentially Re-Signing Kris Humphries

Kris Humphries believes in the Celtics' future, citing the roster and Brad Stevens.

Joel Embiid Declares For NBA Draft

Joel Embiid is widely expected to be a top-3 pick if his back tests out as healthy.

Joakim Noah To Sit Out World Cup Of Basketball

Joakim Noah sat out the 2012 Olympics due to plantar fasciitis.

Pacers To Sit Entire Starting Lineup Against Bucks

Frank Vogel is trying to prescribe rest to his Pacers' starters.

Lakers Could Wait Until Free Agency For Decision On D'Antoni

The Lakers also will not solicit the opinion of Kobe Bryant when evaluating whether or not to retain Mike D'Antoni.

Glen Rice Jr. Enjoyed Building Endurance In D-League

Glen Rice Jr. averaged 14.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in the D-League.

Mitch Kupchak Agrees To Multi-Year Extension To Remain Lakers' GM

Mitch Kupchak has been GM of the Lakers since he succeeded Jerry West in 2000.

Brett Brown Has Had Analytics 'Capture Imagination'

Brett Brown has enjoyed working with Lance Pearson, who was hired for advanced analytics and statistical scouting.

Nuggets Discussed Faried In Trades For '14 First Or Quality Wing Player On Rookie Deal

The Nuggets reportedly fear that Kenneth Faried will demand an eight-figure salary in free agency.

Hawes Thinks He's 'Good Fit' For Cavaliers

Spencer Hawes is averaging a career-best 14.0 points, and shooting a career-high .440 from 3-point range.

Joel Freeland Goes Through 'Contact' Practice, Close To Return

Joel Freeland has missed the past 26 games for the Blazers with a sprained MCL in his right knee.

D'Antoni Felt Sympathy For Calipari Dealing With Lakers' Rumors

Mike D'Antoni felt sympathy for John Calipari after rumors surfaced that he would replace him as head coach of the Lakers.

Wade Misses 7th Straight Game As Precaution

Dwyane Wade's hamstring strain came after rushing back from a sore Achilles tendon.
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