HoopsHype D-League rumors

November 27, 2014 Updates

The Hawks intend to send John Jenkins and Adreian Payne on an NBA Development League assignment Friday. The move will give the little-used players needed game action. Jenkins and Payne will be assigned to Fort Wayne, the Hawks’ D-League affiliate. The Mad Ants play six games in 10 days beginning Friday. Both are expected to travel Thursday evening. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

November 26, 2014 Updates

With high profile names such as the recently mentioned Jordan Hamilton, Dahntay Jones and Nolan Smith (all with NBA experience), entering the NBA D-League on a more frequent basis, what does that mean for guys waiting it out in the player pool with less of a name? Or, a player who is already on a roster but towards the bottom of their team’s rotation? The NBA D-League’s player pool currently consists of over 130 players, but how many of those guys are really going to get a crack at a roster spot? With talented players being added daily to the player pool, some with NBA experience, why would a team look to a player who was cut by another NBADL team at the conclusion of training camp, or during the season? D-League Digest

A NBA D-League team source told DLD recently, “if you’re in there right now (player pool) – and were either undrafted or cut in camp and not picked up yet, there’s no reason to stay.” DLD’s source continued, “and with an abundance of guys either coming back early from Europe or deciding that the D-League is the best option – and wanting to get acclimated with a team prior to the Showcase – there are just too many new faces coming in to really consider the guys that other teams have already decided don’t have what it takes to play in this league.” D-League Digest

Chris Reichert: The Iowa Energy have acquired Jordan Hamilton. Hamilton most recent played with the Utah Jazz. #NBADL Twitter

The Fort Wayne Mad Ants, presented by Lutheran Health Network, announced today that they have acquired Dahntay Jones. Jones (6’6”, 225lbs) played for the Mad Ants during the 2007-08 season. Jones, an NBA veteran out of Duke, has played for several NBA teams in his professional career including four seasons with the Denver Nuggets and three seasons with the Indiana Pacers. During the 2007-08 season he played in 10 games for the Mad Ants averaging 24.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. NBA.com

The Detroit Pistons announced today that the team has assigned forward Tony Mitchell to the team’s NBA Development League (D-League) affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive. Mitchell, drafted 37th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, appeared in 21 games for the Pistons last season averaging 1.0 points and 1.2 rebounds per game. He also had two D-League assignments last season with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and averaged 7.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 10 games. NBA.com

November 25, 2014 Updates

The Memphis Grizzlies re-assigned rookie guard Jordan Adams to the NBA Development League’s Iowa Energy, the Grizzlies’ exclusive D-League affiliate, the team announced today. During his first assignment in Iowa, Adams (6-5, 209) totaled 20 points, seven rebounds and one assist in 31 minutes in an exhibition on Nov. 8 vs. Sioux Falls, which was played in Memphis at FedExForum. He was recalled from Iowa on Nov. 10. The 20-year-old is averaging 1.5 points, 1.3 assists and 0.75 steals in 10.1 minutes in four games for the Grizzlies this season. NBA.com

The Sacramento Kings have recalled rookie forward Eric Moreland from the team’s NBA D-League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns, it was announced today by General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. Moreland was assigned to the Bighorns on November 21 for the second time this season and scored 10 points (5-10 FG, 0-2 FT) and grabbed six rebounds in a 154-143 loss to the Bakersfield Jam on Friday, Nov. 21. The 6-10, 218-pound forward from Oregon State is averaging 13.3 points (.581 FG%), 10.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in three games for the Reno Bighorns. NBA.com

November 24, 2014 Updates

Gino Pilato: NBA veteran Dahntay Jones will return to NBA D-League according to a source. Jones played 10 games in 2007-2008 with Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Twitter @DLeagueDigest

The Philadelphia 76ers today announced that they have recalled forward JaKarr Sampson from the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League. Sampson has appeared in nine games with two starts for the Sixers this season. He appeared in two games for the Sevens, averaging 15 points and 5 rebounds. NBA.com

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have recalled guard/forward James Young from the Maine Red Claws. In the Red Claws 120-102 win over the Delaware 87ers on Sunday, Young scored a team-high tying 22 points, grabbed eight rebounds, had two assists and blocked two shots in 34 minutes. In two appearances with the Red Claws this season, he is averaging 21.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 block in 34.9 minutes per game. NBA.com

A source in the NBA Development League confirmed Monday to the Sun Sentinel that the Miami Heat are calling up shot-blocking 7-foot center Hassan Whiteside from the Iowa Energy. The move comes a day after the Heat lost center Chris Andersen for the balance of the night with a sprained right ankle in the first quarter of Sunday's 94-93 victory over the Charlotte Hornets at AmericanAirlines Arena. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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