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February 20, 2015 Updates

The Golden State Warriors have assigned forward James Michael McAdoo to the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced today. McAdoo, who signed with Golden State for the remainder of the season yesterday, has appeared in four games with the Warriors, averaging 3.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in 5.0 minutes. NBA.com

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have recalled forward Kyle Anderson from the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League. In two stints with Austin this season Anderson has appeared in 10 games, averaging 22.3 points, 10.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.10 blocks in 41.0 minutes. He was named the NBA D-League Performer of the Week for the week of Feb. 2–8. Austin is 8-2 in the games Anderson has played in. NBA.com

If the experiment was to see if professionals could play Grinnell’s offense then it has already failed. The Reno Bighorns have become the D-League’s most entertaining team, averaging nearly 140 points and 50 three-point shots a game. One player, Brady Heslip, hit 20 three-pointers in the first two games, scoring 78 points and became a YouTube celebrity for a week. They are fast, aggressive and playing a way no one else in the D-League is playing. But they are not running Grinnell’s system. Not anymore. Reno’s ever-changing 10-man roster has forced Arseneault to scratch the hockey-style substitutions and the full-court press. It’s tough to run shifts and a pressure defense with only 10 players especially when one of those players is a 7ft 5in, 360lbs center named Sim Bhullar who Arseneault affectionately calls “Big Sim”. There are many unique things Big Sim can do. Running a full-court press for more than half a game is not one of them. The Guardian

One of the larger questions surrounding the NBA D-League Showcase on day 2 was not who the next Call-Up will be, but why Bill Walker changed his name to Henry Walker? Well, DleagueDigest.com asked Walker about the change, and the laid back former NBA player commented, “It’s just about growing up, I never liked the name Billy and everybody called me that. My Mom even wondered why everyone called me Billy. I just wanted to get out it. I’m growing up and getting older, and I just felt like it was time to drop that name.” D-League Digest

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The Erie BayHawks today announced forward Austin Daye (6-11, 220, Gonzaga) has been acquired and activated via the waiver wire. Joe Crawford has been deactivated after appearing in four games. NBA.com

Antetokounmpo’s Greece-based agent, Nick Lotsis, told The Post on Monday he spoke to GM Steve Mills last week. “We have not heard anything today,’’ Lotsis said. “We had a discussion with Steve Mills with the past week. There was no clear indication about whether he’ll be there for the remainder of the season or if they are thinking next season. He said he’s thinking seriously about Thanasis for the team’s future. I don’t think it’s clear how the season finishes.’’ New York Post

If they sign him now, he would be regarded as a second-year player next season and his contract would be worth $850,000 – or $320,000 more than rookie scale. “Of course, that’s my dream, to play in the NBA,’’ Antetokounmpo told The Post on Monday, one day after finishing second in the D-League Slam-Dunk contest at Barclays Center. “If I was to get that chance to go to the next level, I’ll put all my heart into it and give everything into it. Even from not playing at all to being a good teammate to being the guy who plays 40 minutes, I’ll do whatever it takes for the team to win.’’ New York Post

Lotsis said he still gets calls, but says Antetokounmpo is committed to this process. “Of course I’m glad,’’ Antetokounmpo said. “I’m a kid, and money really doesn’t matter. People who know me know I would prefer to play the next level, and if they said you’d have the same salary as the D-League or play for free, I’d still say yes. That’s who I am.’’ New York Post

Shams Charania: NYK, Thanasis Antetokounmpo discussed future recently, vision still consistent w/ plan to sign him for '15-16, league sources tell RealGM. All along, Knicks' strong interest in Thanasis Antetokounmpo had clear plan for deal in 2015 summer. Last week's meeting reinforced belief. Twitter @ShamsCharania

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