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October 18, 2014 Updates

The NBA D-League often thrives on plucking those talented, yet previously undiscovered gems, out from obscurity for everyone to finally see. Keegan LaBlance is hoping he'll be able to cash in on this increasingly popular trend as well. A point guard out of Kalamazoo Valley Community College, LaBlance has decided to enter his name into the 2014 NBA D-League Draft, according to a source. The draft is set to take place on Saturday, November 1st. Ridiculous Upside

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Detroit Pistons training camp invitees Josh Bostic and Lorenzo Brown could become the first two Grand Rapids Drive roster members if they accept assignments as affiliate players for the new NBA Development League team. The two perimeter players are trying to make a 15-man Pistons final roster in a training camp with 16 players on guaranteed contracts. While that numbers game may prove challenging, Pistons general manager Jeff Bower confirmed the team has discussed with the players' agents the possibility of joining the first-year Drive as affiliate players. Booth Newspapers

October 12, 2014 Updates

The Jazz brought guards Dee Bost and Kevin Murphy into training camp with the idea that they could end up back with the team’s D-League affiliate in Idaho. After Bost and Murphy were waived on Friday, their futures remain somewhat uncertain, though the Jazz would like them back in Idaho if they don’t land somewhere else. "We appreciate all the energy and the work they gave us in camp," Snyder said. "Both of them did a good job. Right now it’s just competitive. I think both of them have a chance to be NBA players. Hopefully they’ll pursue that in Boise." Salt Lake Tribune

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NBA teams can retain the D-League rights to as many as four of the players they cut at the end of the preseason, up from the previous limit of three, Hoops Rumors has learned. Still, if a team keeps the D-League rights to fewer than four such players, it can claim the D-League rights of someone it waives during the regular season, another new wrinkle that Gino Pilato of D-League Digest reported last month. Such decisions are among the many that teams will have to make around the end of the month, when they face rookie scale extension and option deadlines and must set their regular season rosters. Hoops Rumors

The Westchester Knicks, the official NBA Development League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, have named Kevin Whitted as the team’s first head coach in franchise history. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The Westchester Knicks will tip off their inaugural season this November and play all home games at the historic Westchester County Center in White Plains. “Kevin has a proven track record of developing players and is committed to the processes and development of this team,” said Westchester Knicks general manager Allan Houston. “Our relationship goes back to when we both attended the University of Tennessee. I’m confident in his ability to lead and provide an environment for players to grow on and off the court. This is an exciting time for this organization and community.” NBA.com

It's not a marquee name, but Kevin Whitted keeps impressive company. According to league sources, the Westchester Knicks are expected on Wednesday to announce the former University of Tennessee standout has been hired to coach the NBA Development League franchise during its debut season. Whitted played in college alongside former Knicks All-Star Allan Houston, who is the team's general manager. He is the all-time leading scorer at Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina, and his commemorative jersey hangs in the gym there alongside that of Michael Jordan. Journal News

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