Basketball Wiretap

Josh Magette Named D-League Players Of The Week

Feb 13, 2017 5:19 PM

Josh Magette of the Los Angeles D-Fenders was named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Feb. 6, through Sunday, Feb 12.

Magette (6-1, Alabama-Huntsville) led Los Angeles to a 3-1 week, averaging 24.0 points, 8.3 assists and 6.8 rebounds. On Feb. 6, he notched a double-double with 24 points and 11 assists to go with six rebounds and three steals in a 138-129 victory over the Salt Lake City Stars. 

Magette is averaging 16.1 points, a league-leading 9.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds on the season.

Other top performers considered included Canton’s Quinn Cook, Delaware’s Shawn Long, Northern Arizona’s Elijah Millsap, Oklahoma City’s Reggie Williams, Raptors 905’s Brady Heslip, Rio Grande Valley’s Darius Morris, Sioux Falls’ Keith Benson, Texas’ Manny Harris and Jameel Warney, Westchester’s John Jenkins and Windy City’s Jarell Eddie.

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D-Fenders Acquire DeJuan Blair From Legends

Feb 11, 2017 7:42 PM

The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired center DeJuan Blair from the Texas Legends in exchange for a 2017 fourth round draft pick.

A veteran of 424 career NBA games, the 6-foot-7 Blair has career averages of 6.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game with San Antonio, Dallas and Washington. Meanwhile, he has averaged 10.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 16.2 minutes through six games with the Texas Legends this season, his first in the NBA D-League. 

Blair, a former standout at the University of Pittsburgh, was a consensus First-Team All-American and co-Big East Player of the Year in 2009. He averaged 13.6 points and 10.7 rebounds in two seasons at Pitt before being selected by the Spurs with the 37th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

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Heat Sign Marcus Georges-Hunt To 10-Day Contract

Feb 8, 2017 8:26 PM

The Miami Heat have signed guard Marcus Georges-Hunt to a 10-day contract. 

Georges-Hunt, a 2017 NBA Development League All-Star, has appeared in 32 games (27 starts) with the Maine Red Claws this season averaging 16.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.03 steals and 36.7 minutes while shooting 46.6 percent from the field, 39.7 percent from three-point range and 86.1 percent from the foul line. He leads the NBA D-League in minutes (1,176) and among team leaders he ranks first in assists (133), second in rebounds (184), steals (32) and free throws made (118) and third in points (524) and field goals made (177).

Georges-Hunt was originally signed by the Boston Celtics on August 17 after going undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft. 

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87ers Acquire Nate Robinson

Feb 8, 2017 8:03 PM

The Delaware 87ers have acquired Nate Robinson.

Robinson (5-9, 180) won NBA Slam Dunk Contests in 2006, 2009 and 2010. He has 618 NBA games on his resume, with career averages of 11 points, two rebounds, three assists and one steal per game across ten seasons with New York, Chicago, Boston, Denver, Golden State, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City and New Orleans.

He most recently played in 2015-16 for Hapoel Tel Aviv of the Israeli Basketball Premier League, where he averaged 16 points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals per game. Robinson led the club to the playoffs, where he scored 46 points in a quarter finals matchup, which set a record for most points in a post-season game since 1985.

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Dakari Johnson Named D-League Player Of The Week

Feb 6, 2017 6:14 PM

Dakari Johnson of the Oklahoma City Blue has been named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Jan. 30, through Sunday, Feb 5.

Johnson (7-0, Kentucky) led Oklahoma City to a 2-1 week, averaging 24.3 points on 60.9 percent shooting to go with 10.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists. On Jan. 31, he notched a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds in a 120-115 overtime victory over the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Johnson scored the first four points of overtime to help secure the win, which moved Oklahoma City into first place in the Southwest Division. On Feb. 4, he logged his 10th double-double of the season with 26 points and 13 rebounds in a 106-86 win over the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

Johnson is averaging 18.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steals on the season. This is the second Performer of the Week award for Johnson, who was the 48th pick in NBA Draft 2015 presented by State Farm.

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Warriors Sign Briante Weber To 10-Day Contrat

Feb 4, 2017 8:11 PM

The Golden State Warriors have signed guard Brianté Weber to a 10-day contract.

Weber, 24, has appeared in 31 games (all starts) with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League this season, averaging 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists (fourth in the D-League) and 3.26 steals (first) in 36.8 minutes. The Virginia Commonwealth University product was recently named the NBA D-League Player of the Month for games played in January, averaging 21.5 points and 8.3 assists in 11 games last month and finishing one steal shy of tallying the first quadruple-double in D-League history with 18 points, a career-high-tying 12 assists, 11 rebounds and an NBA D-League season-high nine steals on Jan. 31 vs. Oklahoma City.

The 6’2”, 165-pound guard, who was not selected in the 2015 NBA Draft, has appeared in seven career NBA games (four starts), averaging 4.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.29 steals in 24.1 minutes over six games with the Grizzlies and one game with the Heat last season. Weber also appeared in two postseason games with the Heat, logging six minutes of action during Miami’s First Round matchup with Charlotte in the 2016 NBA Playoffs. 

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Warriors Waive Anderson Varejao To Sign Briante Weber To 10-Day Deal

Feb 3, 2017 3:31 PM

The Golden State Warriors have waived Anderson Varejao to sign Briante Weber to a 10-day ontract.

Golden State made the move to bring in another athletic, versatile guard.

Weber, 24, was the NBA Development League’s Player of the Month for January, averaging 21 points, eight assists, six rebounds and 3.6 steals for Sioux Falls.

Varejao has played sparingly for the Warriors after joining the team last season.

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Hornets To Sign Ray McCallum To 10-Day Contract

Feb 3, 2017 10:54 AM

The Charlotte Hornets plan to sign Ray McCallum to a 10-day contract.

McCallum has averaged 18.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.4 assists in 37.9 minutes per game in 30 appearances this season for the Grand Rapids Drive of the D-League.

McCallum played for the Detroit Pistons during the 2016 preseason and 41 combined games in 15-16 with the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies.

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Hornets To Sign Mike Tobey To 10-Day Contract

Feb 2, 2017 2:53 PM

The Charlotte Hornets plan on signing Mike Tobey to a 10-day contract.

Charlotte is creating an open roster spot with their trade of Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes to the Milwaukee Bucks for Miles Plumlee.

Tobey is averaging 11.0 points and 8.9 rebounds in 26.0 minutes per game this season for the Greensboro Swarm of the D-League.

Tobey went undrafted in 2016 out of Virginia.

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Briante Weber Named D-League Player Of The Month For January

Feb 2, 2017 1:58 PM

Sioux Falls Skyforce guard Briante Weber has been named the NBA Development League Player of the Month for games played in January.

Weber (6-2, Virginia Commonwealth) led Sioux Falls to a 6-5 record behind averages of 21.5 points, 8.3 assists, 6.6 rebounds and 3.6 steals. He had five double-doubles and two triple-doubles in January, and finished one steal shy of recording the first quadruple-double in NBA D-League history.

On Jan. 11, Weber tallied 31 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and five steals in a 135-129 victory over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. On Jan. 25, he notched a career-high 34 points on 14-of-20 shooting to go with seven rebounds and five assists in a 129-116 loss to the Reno Bighorns. Weber then capped his month by scoring 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting to go with a career-high-tying 12 assists, 11 rebounds and a career-best nine steals in a 120-115 overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Blue on Jan. 31.

Other players who received consideration for the monthly award were Delaware’s Shawn Long, Los Angeles’ Vander Blue, Northern Arizona’s Johnny O’Bryant, Santa Cruz’s Phil Pressey and Texas’ Manny Harris.

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Vander Blue Named D-League Player Of The Week
Vander Blue led Los Angeles to a 2-0 week, averaging 32.5 points (second in the league) on 45.0 percent shooting to go with 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals.

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Pelicans Assign Cheick Diallo To D-League
This will be Cheick Diallo's fourth D-League assignment.

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Hawks Sign Lamar Patterson To 10-Day Contract
Lamar Patterson is ranked fourth in the D-League in scoring, 12th in assists and tied for 12th in steals.

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Mavericks To Sign Yogi Ferrell To 10-Day Contract
Yogi Ferrell has averaged 18.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 5.8 assists in 35.7 minutes per game in 18 appearances with the Long Island Nets of the D-League.

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