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March 30, 2015 | 01:17 PM ET Update

Vinny Del Negro has signed with Kauffman Sports Management Group for representation in all areas. Del Negro, former Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers head coach, will be represented by managing partner Spencer Breecker. He was represented by CSE. barrons.com

On Monday morning, the NBA D-League announced that ESPN will air its postseason play for the first time, this season, beginning April 7th. The outlet will be broadcasting up to nineteen games, picking up the local feeds with some of the minor league's best up and coming broadcasters. Ridiculous Upside

March 30, 2015 | 11:57 AM ET Update

Mario Hezonja said he never told Croatian media he "should be the first pick of the next NBA draft”. “These are not my words. It is not the first time this happens. Now they used my words out of context. I want people to know that I talk (with my performaces) on the court. I don’t know anything about the draft or the NBA. I don’t know what will happen”. Sportando

“The first six months when I entered to Maryland I couldn’t take regular classes,” says Vasquez, who played prep school basketball after coming from Venezuela. “There’s 35,000 students going to Maryland, and I was taking English as a second language with three or four other guys — they were from the Middle East, Asian, and there was me. Every time I went back to the locker room my teammates were like, ‘I was in this class, and there were 100 people in this class, and this pretty girl,’ and that, and I was like, in class with three or four guys, and I was frustrated. For a second I thought about playing overseas.” Toronto Star

“The Duke fans, being very clever, they prepared things to say in Spanish to Greivis, and they had sheets so the kids who didn’t speak Spanish could say the same thing,” says Williams. “So at the end of one game, we win the game, and the one that sealed it, Greivis makes one of his crazy drives with about 40 seconds left, puts us up eight. Toronto Star

Marc Berman: Word is Westchester Knicks coach Kevin Whitted could be out as head coach. D-League team had rough season. Assistant coach Craig Hodges is expected to take over for Whitted for final few games for Westchester Knicks. Twitter @NYPost_Berman

That’s exactly what he did with the help of his childhood friend, Andrew Hoenig, who serves as the VP of Hazan Sports Management. Daniel is currently the youngest licensed agent in the world with a player on an NBA roster. One of the biggest problems for those with little experience in the business is the lack of contacts and network to tap into. By his own admission, Daniel and his partners did not know anyone. The creativity in which they obtained their NBA ‘Rolodex’ really blew me away. “I didn’t know anyone. I went on EBay and searched for business cards of NBA executives and found people selling them online” said Hazan. “A GM heard about what I was doing and gave me all of his contacts to NBA personnel.” Sports Agent Blog

While he wasn’t their first client, Daniel and his team got in touch with Elijah Millsap, who was playing overseas at the time. After he signed with Hazan Sports, they began pushing for him to get on a D-League team. They were trying to get him on the Philadelphia 76ers Summer League team. Although the team showed interest in Millsap, they did not get the spot they were hoping for. Sports Agent Blog


There's no shortage of great players who don't have their jerseys hanging in the rafters at the arenas of the teams they starred for.

March 30, 2015 | 10:26 AM ET Update

Adrian Wojnarowski: Georgia State junior guard R.J. Hunter will enter the 2015 NBA Draft, sources told Yahoo Sports. Formal announcement expected soon. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

Myles Turner, the 6-foot-11 Texas freshman who had a solid-but-unspectacular season in Austin, has declared for the NBA draft via YouYube. Yes, he created a YouTube video to declare he’s leaving Texas early, and he thanked fans, the school, but not Rick Barnes, his coach who just “parted ways” with the school. The Big Lead

While the timing of the Celtics' December trade that shipped point guard Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks took some observers by surprise, Rivers was not one of them. "I didn’t know [if Rondo was going to be part of Boston's future]," Rivers said when asked about the trade. "I think at the end of the day, it was more of a Rajon decision, in my opinion...it was more his decision than Danny’s and the Celtics' staff. Rivers continued: "I just think you get a feel for whether [Rondo] wanted to play it out [in Boston] or not, and when you're rebuilding you can't take that gamble of letting an asset out of the door and letting him become a free agent, especially in the rebuilding time. If you're a championship team you can take that gamble because you think he'll come back. If you're a rebuilding team you literally can not take the gamble of waiting to see and getting caught. I think in their case it was almost they had to [trade] him." Boston Globe

“The second unit played like (expletive). Straight? We played like (expletive),” Davis said. “We had to take the starters out and put them back in. As the second unit we have to take pride in that and making sure that we can keep the lead or get it up because at the end of the day those guys are great but they’re going to need us and we got to be prepared.” Orange County Register

Not only did the Cleveland Cavaliers stave off an upset scare in their 87-86 win over the lowly Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday, they also appear to have avoided major injuries to two of their key contributors. Both Kevin Love (lower back) and Iman Shumpert (left ankle) were forced to exit the game early without returning to action. However, Cavs coach David Blatt downplayed the severity of their injuries moving forward. "Kev took an elbow to the back and he was experiencing some real discomfort, so we took him out," Blatt said. "We didn't want to push it. Hopefully, he'll be OK. And Iman jammed his ankle. You saw he took sort of a funny step before he attempted to dunk that ball and he jammed his ankle. Also, I think he wanted to come back in there, but we held him out for precautionary reasons. I believe he'll be OK." ESPN.com

Morey said the Golden State Warriors, who own the NBA's best record and swept the season series against the Rockets this season, should be the favorites to win the title. "We won't go in as the favorite," Morey said. "I think Golden State, deservedly so, gets to be called the favorite. They've had a very historic season. I think the Golden State training staff hasn't been talked about enough this year. That team has been healthy and really that showcased everyone in Golden State. Coach [Steve] Kerr has done a great job. We won't go in as the favorite. We do feel like we can beat anybody in a seven-game series, and we're pretty excited to get going with the playoffs." ESPN.com

"I don't watch a ton of college basketball," Redick said. "I do watch a little bit during the tournament. If Duke had lost (to Gonzaga), I'm not going to lie, I wouldn't have watched the Final Four. As long as Duke is in it, I'll watch, but I'm an NBA guy, man. I'd rather watch the Kings and the Hornets on a Tuesday night in Sacramento than Syracuse-Georgetown or whatever." Booth Newspapers

Draymond Green is monetizing the smoldering feud between the Clippers and Golden State. The Warriors forward is selling T-shirts and hoodies emblazoned with "COOL STORY GLENN," a reference to Green's shot at Rivers during a radio interview this month. Green used Rivers' given name a day after Rivers had poked fun at Green's strong reaction to being bumped by Clippers reserve Dahntay Jones while conducting a postgame interview. Los Angeles Times

Craig Sager, the Turner Sports NBA sideline reporter known for his colorful outfits, is battling a recurrence of leukemia, his son confirmed. Sager missed the NBA playoffs last year while undergoing treatment for the disease and had returned to the sideline earlier this month. Craig Sager Jr. announced the news Sunday night on Twitter, saying that there was some comfort this time in knowing “the blueprint” for the new round of treatment and that, immediately, his father is fighting a flu bug. Washington Post

When Lakers guard Wayne Ellington returns to his hometown of Philadelphia to play the 76ers on Monday, it will mark the first time in his six-year NBA career that his father won't be in the Wells Fargo Center's stands, a proud dad flanked by fellow supporters, bellowing the mantra he shared with his son: “Go to work!” An arena full of thousands of people will feel empty. “It's going to be tough having all my family there and he won't be there with us,” said Ellington. “It will be tough. He enjoyed that.” Orange County Register

It's the time away from the game that worries Ellington. The pending months that separate the end of one season from the beginning of the next are a void in which he fears the weight of loss will finally catch up to him. “I'm kind of nervous for the offseason,” he said. “I don't have a routine, I don't have things to do that I need to be doing every day. I think it probably would be smart to figure some things out.” Orange County Register

One way he plans to busy himself this summer is by starting a foundation in his father's memory. As a model, he points to the work Chicago Bulls stars Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose have done to raise awareness of gun violence. Orange County Register


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