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

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.

Via Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Mavericks To Sign Yuki Togashi To Non-Guaranteed Deal

The Dallas Mavericks will sign Yuki Togashi after he passes his physical on Tuesday.

Togashi will be eligible to practice with the team, but he is most likely to end up with the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League.

Togashi, a 5-foot-7 guard who played for Dallas in Summer League, is going to sign a non-guaranteed deal.

Via Eddie Sefko/Dallas Morning News

Kings Hire Division III Assistant To Coach D-League Affiliate

The Sacramento Kings have hired David Arseneault Jr. of Divison III Grinnell (Iowa) College to coach their D-League affiliate.

Arseneault, who has served as an assistant at Ginnell College, will try to incorporate the Division III program's well-chronicled high-scoring offensive system into the Reno Bighorns.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Warriors Trade Seth Curry's D-League Rights To Erie BayHawks

The Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League have acquired the rights of guard Seth Curry in a trade with the Santa Cruz Warriors.

Curry signed a training camp deal with the Orlando Magic in the offseason.

In exchange for Curry’s rights, Erie will provide Santa Cruz a first round pick in the 2015 NBA D-League Draft and the rights to guard Scott Suggs.

Curry, younger brother of NBA star Stephen Curry, played three years at Duke University and went undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Semaj Christon To Sign With Thunder's D-League Affiliate

Semaj Christon will start his professional career by signing in the NBA D-League with the Oklahoma City Thunder's affiliate, the Blue.

Christon, who was the 55th overall pick in the June NBA Draft, will play multiple times a week in the D-League.

Christon played NBA Summer League ball with the Thunder in Orlando in July and has been with the franchise since he was drafted.

Christon played his college basketball at Xavier.

Via Shannon Russell/Cincinnati.com

Earl Watson Joins Austin Toros As Assistant Coach

The Austin Toros of the NBA D-League have hired Earl Watson and Jason Fraser as assistant coaches.

Watson and Fraser join current head coach Ken McDonald and assistant coach Mike Miller on the Toros bench.

“I'm thrilled with the addition of Earl and Jason to our staff,” McDonald said in a statement. “Both have valuable basketball backgrounds and will bring depth and experience to our group.”

Watson had a 13-year NBA career that included time with seven teams (Seattle, Memphis, Denver, Oklahoma City, Indiana, Utah and Portland).

Via RealGM Staff Report

Phil Weber Hired As Head Coach Of Sioux Falls Skyforce

The Miami Heat have hired Phil Weber as head coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

He becomes the 17th head coach in franchise history after serving as a consultant for the Heat since 2012.

Prior to joining the Heat as a consultant, Weber worked as an assistant coach for the New York Knicks (2008-12) and Phoenix Suns (1999-2008).

Via RealGM Staff Report
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