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October 29, 2014 Updates
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The Kings are going to be entertaining! Owner Vivek Ranadivé has pitched the idea to the team’s brain trust of playing 4-on-5 defense and leaving one player to cherry-pick, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. The Kings aren’t actually going to do that, but their D-League might, and it shows Ranadivé is committed to pushing boundaries in his search for an offbeat brand of “position-less” ball. Grantland

October 27, 2014 Updates

Shams Charania: After mulling overseas offers, Mavericks free agent Eric Griffin has agreed to a D-League deal with Dallas' Legends, source tells RealGM. Twitter @ShamsCharania

October 26, 2014 Updates

Another one of Phil Jackson’s ex-players is joining the Knicks The team has hired former Chicago Bull Craig Hodges as an assistant coach on the Westchester Knicks, the organization’s D-League affiliate, according to league sources. Hodges will join head coach Kevin Whitted’s staff. He is the latest former player of Jackson’s to join the Knicks. Jackson has also hired Derek Fisher (head coach), Kurt Rambis (assistant coach), Jim Cleamons (assistant coach) and Clarence Gaines (personnel executive). Jackson also signed and waived ex-Laker Lamar Odom. ESPN.com

Ex-Knick Chris Smith has entered the D-League draft with the hope of getting another opportunity to play in the NBA. “Whatever's going to give me the best opportunity to perform on a level where I can get myself in a good position to get myself back into the NBA, that's the route I want to take,” Smith said last week in an interview at his skills camp for young players. Smith, the younger brother of J.R. Smith, began last season on the Knicks' roster. His inclusion on the 15-man roster stirred strong emotion from the team's fan base because of his ties to his brother. Both the Knicks and Chris Smith have acknowledged that Smith's older brother was a factor in the team's decision to keep him. The Knicks eventually sent Smith to their D-League team. Smith was released by the D League affiliate -- the Erie Bayhawks -- in March. ESPN.com

Smith says he has drawn some interest from D-League teams and a few teams overseas. The D League draft will take place next Saturday. “He just needs a fresh start,” Marc Cornstein, Smith’s agent said. “He needs to be judged as Chris Smith and not anything else.” ESPN.com

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