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Jazz Purchase Idaho Stampede

Mar 24, 2015 3:14 PM

The Utah Jazz have acquired the Idaho Stampede, becoming the eighth NBA team to fully own and operate its own NBA D-League team. The Stampede has also signed a one-year contract extension with the downtown arena and will continue to play in Boise, Idaho, for the 2015-16 NBA D-League season. Per team policy, financial terms were not released. 

“Our purchase of an NBA D-League team reflects the value we place on having an exclusive affiliate for player development and building the scope of our basketball operations to support the Jazz,” said Randy Rigby, Jazz president. “It is a tremendous commitment from the Miller family to make this acquisition that will contribute to our pursuit of becoming a championship-caliber team.”

The Jazz is the eighth NBA team to own an NBA D-League franchise, joining the Cleveland Cavaliers (Canton Charge), Golden State Warriors (Santa Cruz Warriors), Los Angeles Lakers (L.A. D-Fenders), New York Knicks (Westchester Knicks), Oklahoma City Thunder (Oklahoma City Blue), Philadelphia 76ers (Delaware 87ers) and San Antonio Spurs (Austin Spurs).

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Jarell Eddie Named D-League Player Of The Week

Mar 23, 2015 2:04 PM

Austin Spurs forward Jarell Eddie has been named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, March 16 – Sunday, March 22. The award is the first of Eddie’s career and he joins Kyle Anderson and Bryce Cotton as Spurs to have earned the honor this season. 

Eddie (6-7, 220, Virginia Tech) led Austin to a 2-0 week as his Spurs clinched a playoff spot on Friday with the 126-113 win over the Texas Legends and secured the team’s status as the Southwest Division Champion following the 115-95 victory over the Bakersfield Jam on Saturday.     

For the week, Eddie averaged 26.0 points on 65 percent shooting to go with 6.5 rebounds.  He connected on 63 percent (12-of-19) of shots his from behind the arc last week, securing a season-high 34 points off the bench against the Jam. 

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Kings To Sign David Wear To 10-Day Contract

Mar 23, 2015 12:52 AM

The Sacramento Kings are lining up a 10-day contract for David Wear.

Wear has played for the Reno Bighorns in the NBA D-League this season.

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Clippers, Celtics, Jazz Expressing Interest In Eric Griffin

Mar 16, 2015 6:46 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics and Utah Jazz are showing interest in the possible call up of Eric Griffin of Texas in the NBA D-League, league sources told RealGM.

Griffin — one of the D-League’s best wing prospects — has averaged 17.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per night in 39 games for the Texas Legends. He joined Dallas’ affiliate after signing an offseason deal to training camp with the Mavericks.

Griffin was a starter in February’s D-League All-Star game, and met with the Clippers during the weekend in New York.

The 6-foot-8 forward played for the Miami Heat in the 2013 preseason, showcasing an elite jumping ability by jumping over the 6-foot-10 Mason Plumlee in an exhibition game.

Out of Campbell in the 2012 NBA Draft, Griffin, 24, has also played professionally in Italy, Venezuela and Puerto Rico.

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Jarvis Threatt Named D-League Player Of The Week

Mar 16, 2015 5:10 PM

Rio Grande Valley Vipers guard Jarvis Threatt has been named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, March 9 – Sunday, March 15.  The honor is the first of Threatt’s career.

Threatt (6-2, 165, Delaware) led Rio Grande Valley to a 2-0 week and averaged 25.0 points on 55 percent shooting, to go with 12.5 assists, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals. On March 15, Threatt notched a triple-double with 18 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in a 131-125 win over the Santa Cruz Warriors. It was the fourth triple-double in Vipers franchise history, joining Will Conroy, Gary Talton and Toure’ Murry. The win ended Santa Cruz’s 11-game winning streak.

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Heat Recall Zoran Dragic From Skyforce

Mar 15, 2015 1:47 PM

The Miami Heat have recalled guard Zoran Dragic from their NBA Development League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

Dragic appeared in four games (one start) and averaged 16.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.50 steals, helping the Skyforce to a 3-1 record over that span.

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Raptors Assign Lucas Nogueira To D-League

Mar 12, 2015 12:50 PM

The Toronto Raptors have assigned Lucas Nogueira to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.

Nogueira will continue to be included on the Raptors’ roster and will remain on the team’s inactive list. He is expected to be in uniform for the Mad Ants on Saturday when they play host to the Delaware 87ers at 7:30 p.m.

Nogueira made his NBA debut November 21 versus Milwaukee and grabbed a season-high five rebounds in nine minutes of action. He has played a total of 23 minutes in six games with Toronto this season, recording six points and 11 rebounds.

A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Nogueira was selected 16th overall by Boston in the 2013 NBA Draft.

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Jordan Crawford Acquired By Fort Wayne In D-League

Mar 11, 2015 4:38 PM

Jordan Crawford has been acquired by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League, the team announced Wednesday.

Crawford is set to be in action with the Mad Ants on Saturday against Delaware.

Crawford played in the Chinese Basketball Association before leaving due to a medical issue.

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Lakers Plan On Signing Jabari Brown To 10-Day Contract

Mar 10, 2015 2:01 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers will sign Jabari Brown to a 10-day contract.

Brown currently plays for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League.

Brown has averaged 24.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in 34.9 minutes for the D-Fenders.

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David Stockton Named D-League Player Of The Week

Mar 9, 2015 4:01 PM

Reno Bighorns guard David Stockton was today named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, March 2 – Sunday, March 8.  The honor is the first of Stockton’s career and the first for the Bighorns this season. 

Fresh off a 10-day contract with the Sacramento Kings, Stockton led the Bighorns to a 2-1 record last week, averaging a double-double of 38.7 points and 13.7 assists to go with 6.7 rebounds and 4.3 steals. 

In his first game back in Reno, Stockton scored a career-high 44 points, dished out 10 assists and notched a near-quadruple-double registering eight steals and seven rebounds in a 158-152 win over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.  Two days later, he amassed 22 assists to go with 37 points and five rebounds as his Bighorns defeated the Texas Legends 147-111.  To finish the week, Stockton tallied 35 points, nine assists and eight rebounds as Reno fell 117-115 to the Iowa Energy on the road in Des Moines.

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Mavericks Reassign Dwight Powell To D-League
The Mavericks have reassigned Dwight Powell to the Texas Legends.

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Clippers Considering Deal With Andre Emmett
Andre Emmett is a leading candidate for D-League MVP, averaging 22.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

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Bucks To Sign Chris Johnson To 10-Day Contract
Chris Johnson has most recently been with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League.

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Jerrelle Benimon To Sign 10-Day Contract With Jazz
Jerrelle Benimon has averaged 19.9 points, 10.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 35 games with the Idaho Stampede this season in the D-League.

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Willie Reed Named D-League Player Of The Week
Willie Reed averaged 29.0 points on 78.8 percent shooting (26-of-33), to go along 13.5 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals.

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Kyle Anderson Named D-League Player Of The Month
For the month, Kyle Anderson averaged 22.8 points to go with 8.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists.

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Heat Signing Henry Walker To Second 10-Day Deal
The Heat have reached agreement with Henry Walker on a second 10-day contract, a league source told RealGM.

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