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Lakers To Sign Gary Payton II To Two-Way Contract

Jan 14, 2018 9:29 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers plan on signing Gary Payton II to a two-way contract.

Payton was waived by the Bucks on Dec. 18th when they signed Sean Kilpatrick.

Payton had started six games for the Bucks.

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Lakers Assign Josh Hart, Ivica Zubac To G League

Nov 14, 2017 5:08 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have assigned Josh Hart and Ivica Zubac to the South Bay Lakers.

Zubac appeared in 14 games for the then-D-Fenders during the 2016-17 season, where he averaged 15.8 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 blocks in 30.1 minutes per game. The second-year center has appeared in two games for Los Angeles this season.

Hart has appeared in 11 games for Los Angeles this season. The 6-5 rookie out of Villanova has posted averages of 2.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.3 assists in 13.6 minutes per game.

Los Angeles has also recalled rookie center Thomas Bryant from the South Bay Lakers.

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South Bay Lakers Hire Metta World Peace As Player Development Coach

Oct 23, 2017 7:15 PM

The South Bay Lakers have hired Metta World Peace as a player development coach.

World Peace comes to South Bay as a seasoned veteran of the Lakers organization, having spent six seasons as a player with the Los Angeles Lakers (2009-13, 2015-17). World Peace was a key player on the 2010 NBA Champion Lakers and ranks ninth all-time in three pointers made (420) in franchise history. The four-time All-Defensive team selection posted career averages of 13.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists in his 17-year career with the Bulls, Pacers, Kings, Rockets, Knicks and Lakers.

World Peace joins Head Coach Coby Karl and Assistant Coaches Brian Walsh, Isaiah Fox, Dane Johnson and Sean Nolen to finalize the South Bay Lakers’ coaching staff for the 2017-18 season.

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Vander Blue Named D-League MVP

Apr 24, 2017 5:13 PM

Los Angeles D-Fenders guard Vander Blue has been named the 2016-17 NBA Development League Most Valuable Player in a vote by the league’s 22 head coaches.

In his fourth season in the NBA D-League and his third with the D-Fenders, Blue ranked third in the league in scoring with 24.8 points per game and added 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and a team-high 1.6 steals in 47 games (46 starts).  A two-time NBA D-League Player of the Week this season, Blue helped the Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA D-League affiliate finish tied for the best record in the Western Conference at 34-16.  Los Angeles improved by seven victories from last season and posted the second-most wins in franchise history (38 in 2011-12).

This season, the three-time NBA D-League All-Star cracked the top 10 on the league’s all-time scoring list, finishing the season ranked third with 4,024 points.  

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76ers To Sign Justin Harper To 10-Day Contract

Mar 2, 2017 1:27 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers will sign Justin Harper to a 10-day contract.

Harper had been playing with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League.

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Lakers To Sign David Nwaba To 10-Day Contract

Feb 27, 2017 11:24 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers will sign David Nwaba of the L.A. D-Fenders to a 10-day contract.

Nwaba went undrafted in 2016 out of Cal Poly.

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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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Vander Blue Named D-League Player Of The Week

Jan 30, 2017 8:43 PM

Vander Blue of the Los Angeles D-Fenders has been named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Jan. 23, through Sunday, Jan. 29.

Blue (6-4, Marquette) 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. On Jan. 26, with the D-Fenders trailing 119-112 with 2:25 to play, Blue connected on back-to-back three-pointers and added two free throws to secure a 125-120 victory over the Sioux Falls Skyforce. He finished the game with 37 points and seven rebounds. On Jan. 29, Blue tallied 28 points, nine rebounds and three steals in a 132-104 win over the Austin Spurs.

Blue, who has scored at least 30 points seven times this season, is averaging 25.5 points (third in the league), 4.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals. This is the second Performer of the Week award for Blue this season.

Other top performers considered included Canton’s Chris Evans and Eric Moreland, Delaware’s Shawn Long, Erie’s Kalin Lucas, Iowa’s Jarell Martin, Maine’s Jalen Jones and Ryan Kelly, Northern Arizona’s Elijah Millsap, Oklahoma City’s Daniel Hamilton, Rio Grande Valley’s Darius Morris, Santa Cruz’s Phil Pressey and Scott Wood and Texas’ C.J. Williams.

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