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D-Fenders Acquire Jamaal Franklin

Jan 21, 2015 4:53 PM

The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired guard Jamaal Franklin via a successful waiver claim.

In a related move, the D-Fenders have waived guard Naadir Tharpe.

Franklin was selected with the 41st overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2013 NBA Draft. In 21 games for the Grizzlies in 2013-14, Franklin tallied 1.9 points and 1.1 rebounds in 7.7 minutes per game. The Moreno Valley, California native played 16 games for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in 2013-14, averaging 15.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.8 steals in 28.1 minutes per game. This season, Franklin played 26 games in China for the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions, averaging 28.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.9 steals in 33.8 minutes per game. On November 26, 2014, Franklin scored 53 points, connecting on 19-of-29 attempts in a 120-112 victory for the Lions.

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Bryce Cotton Rejects Overtures Abroad To Continue Pursuit Of NBA

Jan 18, 2015 10:49 PM

In order to continue his pursuit to the NBA out of the Development League, Austin’s Bryce Cotton has rejected overtures from teams in Italy, Turkey and Belgrade and has remained persistent in staying the course, sources told RealGM.

Cotton – a 40-point, 11-rebound, three-assist performer in Austin’s comeback win during the D-League showcase on Saturday – is under consideration for several NBA teams for a potential call up. Nevertheless, the 22-year-old remains without a deal.

After going unselected in last June’s NBA Draft, Cotton joined the San Antonio Spurs on a free-agent deal and went to summer league and training camp with them. He was waived out of camp in October and then entered the D-League with the Spurs’ affiliate.

Cotton is averaging 21 points, five rebounds and five assists in 23 games for the season.

Cotton played his college basketball at Providence as a sharpshooting, tough-minded player at six-feet tall. He averaged 21.8 points as a senior.

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Bulls, Pistons, Wizards, Clippers Express Interest In Damion James

Jan 18, 2015 1:35 PM

Increasing teams have emerged for the possible call up of veteran forward Damion James in the NBA D-League, including the Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers, a league source told RealGM on Sunday.

James and his representatives have met with or spoken to each of the teams – which included a meeting with the Clippers on Thursday.

James, a six-foot-seven forward, has spent the entire season with the Texas Legends in the D-League, averaging 18.3 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. He went to training camp with the Wizards in October and was a final cut.

James has played in 39 NBA games over parts of four seasons with New Jersey/Brooklyn and San Antonio.

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Tags: Damion James, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Misc Rumor

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Larry Drew II To Sign 10-Day Contract With 76ers

Jan 15, 2015 1:49 AM

Larry Drew II will be signed to a 10-day contract with the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday, according to a source.

Drew has played for the Sioux Falls SkyForce in the NBA D-League this season.

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Tags: Larry Drew, Philadelphia Sixers, Sioux Falls Skyforce, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Misc Rumor, D-League Teams

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D-Fenders Acquire Jarvis Varnado From Energy

Dec 30, 2014 7:28 PM

The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired center Jarvis Varnado and a third round pick in the 2015 NBA Development League Draft from the Iowa Energy, in exchange for the D-Fenders’ first and second round picks. 

Varnado was drafted out of Mississippi State in the second round (41st overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat, before signing with Carmatic Pistoia of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A, where he averaged 15.4 points, 8.9 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game. The 6’9” center split the 2012-13 season with the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat. 

From 2012-2014, Varnado appeared in 45 NBA D-League games for Sioux Falls and Iowa, making 44 starts and averaging 14.3 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.0 blocks in 31.1 minutes per game. Varnado was selected as an NBA D-League All-Star in 2014, before earning an NBA Call-Up from the Philadelphia 76ers, where he appeared in 23 games with averages of 4.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game


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