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April 28, 2015 Updates
April 27, 2015 Updates

The Santa Cruz Warriors were crowned NBA D-League Champions for the first time in franchise history after defeating the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in Game 2 of the NBA D-League Finals by a score of 109-96. The victory wraps up a 2-0 sweep for Santa Cruz as they rebounded from their previous two trips to the NBA D-League Finals, where they were swept in 2013 and 2014 by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and these very same Fort Wayne Mad Ants, respectively. NBA.com

April 26, 2015 Updates
April 23, 2015 Updates

San Antonio recalled rookie Kyle Anderson from its D-League affiliate, Austin Spurs, on Wednesday. Anderson is fresh off a D-League Western Conference Finals loss to the Santa Cruz Warriors in which the Austin Spurs were eliminated from the Playoffs. ProjectSpurs.com

April 21, 2015 Updates

The Mad Ants, the reigning D-League champions, will meet the Santa Cruz Warriors in the Finals. Game 1 in the best-of-three series will take place on Thursday night in Fort Wayne at 8:00 PM ET and will be televised on ESPN News. The series then shifts to Santa Cruz for Game 2 on Sunday night at 7:00 PM ET on ESPNU. Game 3 (if necessary) will be on Monday at 10:00 PM ET on ESPNU. In addition to Whittington, the Mad Ants' roster features C.J. Fair, a rookie guard out of Syracuse who was on the Pacers training camp roster but waived before the season. Fair is averaging 26.0 points per game in the playoffs, the fourth-best average in the league. Teammate Jordan Crawford, who has spent time with four NBA franchises, is averaging a league-best 29.8 points per contest. NBA.com

April 19, 2015 Updates
April 18, 2015 Updates

The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned guard Joe Harris to the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. NBA.com

April 16, 2015 Updates

One thing I have learned is for whatever reason a lot of college players have formed a negative opinion of the D-League and spending time there is viewed as a negative or a demotion. Nothing could be further from the truth. Does every player want the idyllic NBA career, where you go directly from college to the NBA, step onto an NBA roster and immediately contribute and compete for a winning team? Obviously. But life is not a movie for everyone and the reality is 60 percent of current NBA players have played in the D-League, which is the best place for future NBA players and coaches to develop. Yeah, the bus rides and Southwest flights suck, but this is part of the work ethic we discussed above... You’re going to be dropped into a fish bowl and either it’s going to be in you to swim and improve or it isn’t. If it isn’t, you’re going to be weeded out very quickly. A large part of development that is often overlooked is playing. A player has to play to improve. HoopsHype

April 15, 2015 Updates

The Cleveland Cavaliers have recalled guard Joe Harris from the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today. Harris has played in three playoff game (all starts) for the Charge this season, averaging 17.7 points on .543 shooting and 8.0 rebounds in 30.0 minutes per game. He has played in nine regular season games for the Charge this season, averaging 15.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 31.7 minutes per game. NBA.com

April 13, 2015 Updates

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard Vander Blue for the remainder of the season, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released. Blue joins the Lakers from the team’s NBA Development League affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders, where he finished second in the NBADL in scoring at 23.3 points per game on 47.3% shooting (41.6% from beyond-the-arc), in addition to 5.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game in 49 appearances (47 starts). The 22-year-old was selected as an NBADL All-Star this season, and held the distinction of being the only player to average at least 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists in 2014-15. Blue becomes the third D-Fender to receive a GATORADE Call-Up this season, joining Jabari Brown (Lakers) and Jamaal Franklin (Nuggets). NBA.com

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