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Tiago Splitter Assigned To D-League For Rehab

Mar 21, 2017 10:46 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers have assigned Tiago Splitter to the Delaware 87ers of the D-League.

The assignment is the next step in Splitter's return to play protocol and will begin his participation in a full practice with the 87ers.

Splitter was acquired by the 76ers at the deadline from the Atlanta Hawks.

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Pascal Siakam Named D-League Player Of The week

Mar 20, 2017 4:08 PM

Raptors 905 forward Pascal Siakam has been named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, March 13 through Sunday, March 19.

Siakam (6-9, New Mexico State), playing on assignment from the Toronto Raptors, led the 905 to a 3-0 week as the team clinched the Central Division title and the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed for the 2017 NBA D-League Playoffs. For the week, he averaged 18.0 points (on 56.4 percent shooting), 8.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.3 blocked shots.

On March 13, Siakam scored a season-high 20 points and added nine rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks in a 116-87 win over the Austin Spurs. He then scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a 120-105 victory over the Long Island Nets on March 18. The next night, Siakam finished with 16 points and eight rebounds in a 117-99 win against Long Island.

In four games on assignment with the 905 this season, Siakam is averaging 17.3 points (on 50.9 percent shooting), 9.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.0 block. In 52 games (38 starts) with Toronto, Siakam is averaging 4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds.

Other top performers considered were Austin’s Orlando Johnson, Canton’s Eric Moreland, Delaware’s Russ Smith, Greensboro’s Damien Wilkins, Northern Arizona’s Xavier Silas, Raptors 905’s Brady Heslip, Reno’s Kendall Marshall, Rio Grande Valley’s Darius Morris, Santa Cruz’s Damian Jones, Texas’ Stephane Lasme and Jameel Warney and Westchester’s John Jenkins.

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Rockets Sign Troy Williams For Remainder Of Season

Mar 20, 2017 4:06 PM

The Houston Rockets have signed Troy Williams for the remainder of the season.

Williams has been with the Rockets' NBA Development League affiliate since he was signed March 9, averaging 21.8 points on 55.2 percent shooting along with five rebounds in four games with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

Williams began the season with the Memphis Grizzlies and had played with the Iowa Energy of the D-League before signing with the Rockets and beginning his assignment with the Vipers. He has averaged 14.1 points in 27 D-League games this season.

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Cavaliers Assign Larry Sanders To D-League

Mar 15, 2017 11:36 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned cLarry Sanders to the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team.

Sanders was signed by the Cavaliers on March 13th and has appeared in one game for the Cavs this season.

Sanders hadn't played in the NBA since 2015.

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Archie Goodwin To Sign 10-Day Contract With Nets

Mar 15, 2017 10:56 AM

The Brooklyn Nets will sign Archie Goodwin to a 10-day contract.

Goodwin had been playing for Greensboro in the D-League. Goodwin averaged 17.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 32.7 minutes over 34 games with Greensboro.

Goodwin was released by the Phoenix Suns in October after three seasons with the team. Goodwin played three games earlier in the season with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Goodwin was the 29th overall pick out of Kentucky in 2013 after one season at Kentucky. Goodwin won't turn 23 until August.

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Phil Pressey Named D-League Player Of The Week

Mar 13, 2017 5:11 PM

Phil Pressey of the Santa Cruz Warriors has been named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, March 6 through Sunday, March 12. 

Pressey (5-11, Missouri) led Santa Cruz to a 3-0 week, averaging 24.3 points (on 51.9 percent shooting), 8.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 1.0 blocks. 

For the season, Pressey is averaging 18.7 points, 8.1 assists 5.5 rebounds and 2.1 steals. He last appeared in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2015-16 season. 

Other top performers considered included Canton’s Eric Moreland and John Holland, Delaware’s Russ Smith, Fort Wayne’s Alex Poythress, Northern Arizona’s Elijah Millsap, Oklahoma City’s Reggie Williams, Raptors 905’s Axel Toupane, Rio Grande Valley’s Darius Morris, Sioux Falls’ Keith Benson, Texas’ Jameel Warney and Windy City’s Jarell Eddie.

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Mavericks To Sign Jarrod Uthoff To 10-Day Contract

Mar 8, 2017 12:16 PM

The Dallas Mavericks will sign Jarrod Uthoff to a 10-day contract.

Uthoff has been playing for Fort Wayne in the D-League. For the season, Uthoff is averaging 10.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in 23.9 minutes.

Uthoff went undrafted in 2016 out of Iowa.

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Kay Felder Named D-League Player Of The Week

Mar 7, 2017 11:28 AM

Kay Felder was named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played February 27th to March 5th.

On assignment from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Felder averaged 30.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 2.3 steals over three games.

Felder scored a team-high 25 points on 8-of-17 shooting with five assists and two steals in the victory over Greensboro on February 28th. He led Canton to a huge divisional win by posting a season-high 41 points, including 30 in the second half and 19 in the fourth quarter, with five assists and four steals in a 121-114 win over Fort Wayne on March 4th. Felder put an exclamation point on his week by recording his first career double-double with 26 points and 10 assists while grabbing five rebounds in Sunday's victory over the Westchester Knicks that punctuated a 4-1 homestand.

Felder has appeared seven games for the Charge (seven starts), averaging 30.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 36.3 minutes per contest. He has appeared in 39 games for the Cavaliers, averaging 3.9 points and 1.3 assists in 9.5 minutes per contest.

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76ers To Sign Shawn Long To 10-Day Contract

Mar 6, 2017 10:31 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers will sign Shawn Long to a 10-day contract.

The 76ers have a roster spot available due to an injured player exception.

Long is averaging 20.2 points, 11.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 blocks in 29.5 minutes per game this season in the D-League with the Delaware 87ers.

Long went undrafted out of Louisiana-Lafayette in 2016 and played with the 76ers in Summer League.

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Abdel Nader Hoping To Make Celtics' 17-18 Roster After Strong D-League Season

Mar 5, 2017 12:39 PM

Abdel Nader is one of the top prospects of the D-League, averaging 22.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists for the Maine Red Claws.

Nader hopes to receive a legitimate shot at making the Boston Celtics' roster for the 17-18 season. Nader sought that chance this season but agreed to a deal where he would remain in the D-League with the Red Claws. Nader was the 58th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft out of Iowa State.

“It’s just a testament to all the hard work I put in in the offseason,” Nader said. “On a daily basis you’ve got to keep proving people wrong. I’ve got to keep developing, keep getting better. Everybody [in the D-League] is bigger and stronger than college. You’re going against men, you know? Everybody is a pro. There’s a lot more spacing [than in college], so you have a lot more freedom to handle the ball and get into the paint.”

Forwards James Young, Gerald Green, and Jonas Jerebko will be free agents this summer, opening the door for Nader to make a bid at a roster spot.

“I think I put myself in a position [to make the roster],” he said. “I think I have a great chance. I have proven myself and I’m going to continue to do so. It’s my time, that’s how I feel right now.”

Nader will likely get an invitation to training camp, along with 2016 first-round picks Guerschon Yabusele and Ante Zizic, who are flourishing overseas.

“They’re very hands-on with me and my development in Maine,” Nader said of Celtics management. “They send front-office guys all the time. Danny [Ainge] comes and watches games in Maine. It’s great knowing those guys have my back, and I’m just grateful for the opportunity given to me.”

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Pelicans Assign Cheick Diallo To D-League
Cheick Diallo most recently appeared in seven contests for the Swarm, averaging 16.3 points on .500 shooting from the floor, 10.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 31.0 minutes per game.

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76ers To Sign Justin Harper To 10-Day Contract
Justin Harper had been playing with the D-Fenders of the D-League.

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Lakers To Sign David Nwaba To 10-Day Contract
David Nwaba went undrafted in 2016 out of Cal Poly.

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