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November 20, 2014 Updates
November 19, 2014 Updates

The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned center Alex Kirk 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. Kirk has appeared in two games for the Cavs this season. He will be available for tonight’s Charge game against the Westchester Knicks at 7:00 p.m. in Westchester. NBA.com

Eddie Sefko: Two sources confirm Bernard James is headed to China. That's a loss for the Legends, but they had to figure it was only a matter of time. Twitter

While the added 3-point threat is valuable, Clark has still been very aggressive inside the arc as well. He's averaging 11.3 points in the paint this season and is getting to the line 4.7 times a night as well. Clark's ultimate goal is of course to latch on with an NBA team where he surely has the talent to contribute. He's only 26-years-old and he has 251 games on NBA experience to draw from. The 3-point threat definitely adds value for Clark for an NBA team, because the stretch four is the new trend and Clark can somewhat fit that mold. I say somewhat, because while Clark is 6'10 he's not a power forward as much as he is a lanky small forward. Ridiculous Upside

November 18, 2014 Updates

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced that the team assigned guard Nick Johnson to Houston’s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner, Rio Grande Valley. Johnson (6-3, 200, Arizona), has appeared in three games with the Rockets so far this season, totaling two points and a rebound in 11 minutes of playing time. The former Arizona standout was selected by the Rockets 42nd overall in the 2014 NBA Draft. This will be Johnson’s first appearance in the NBA D-League. NBA.com

After going undrafted in June, Heslip latched on with the Minnesota Timberwolves’ summer league team. In five games, he went 7 of 10 from 3-point range. He was among the team’s final cuts from training camp. The D-League awaited. It is not a glamorous life. D-League salaries are not particularly lucrative. Heslip has a contract that will pay him less than $20,000 this season. He lives with teammates in a Reno hotel. (There is a casino on the ground floor.) Still, he knows he is only one phone call from the N.B.A. “I feel like I can play with those guys,” Heslip said. New York Times

After scoring 78 points and drilling 20 3-pointers in his first two games with the Reno Bighorns of the N.B.A. Development League, Brady Heslip has tried to move on. By going to practice. By watching episodes of “The Walking Dead” with his teammate, David Stockton. And by listening to his agent, Bernie Lee, who keeps reminding him to focus — even as Lee broadcasts the news of Heslip’s exploits to anyone who will listen. “I’m down here for a reason,” said Heslip, a 24-year-old shooting guard, “and the reason I’m down here is to get back to where I want to be.” Where Heslip wants to be, of course, is the N.B.A., and he has gone about his business of pursuing that goal by posting some of the gaudiest numbers in the history of the D-League. New York Times

Ted Leonsis: Just like the process for the Capitals, we are prepared to investigate potential locations in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. We are keeping our options open, considering the facility as a practice location for the WNBA’s Mystics and possibly the home to a NBA Development League team. At this point I believe all of our Capitals players live in Virginia – we’ve even had players and coaches live close enough to walk to the training facility – and they along with our staff enjoy the Arlington area. They eat, shop, ride Metro and take advantage of all the great opportunities in the vicinity of Kettler. And the local area has seen tremendous growth in recent years. The Ballston Common Mall, where Kettler Capitals Iceplex is located, is undergoing a redevelopment with plans for a residential tower, street-facing retail shops and restaurants and a pedestrian plaza. Ted's Take

November 17, 2014 Updates

The Phoenix Suns have recalled rookies guard Tyler Ennis and forward T.J. Warren from the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League. In two games with the Jam, Ennis averaged 22.0 points on 51.4 percent field goal shooting, 7.5 assists and 2.00 steals in 35.5 minutes. Ennis scored 25 points on Friday versus the Texas Legends and recorded a double-double with 19 points and 10 assists on Saturday against the Grand Rapids Drive. Warren posted 36.0 points on 60.9 percent shooting, 6.0 rebounds and 3.00 steals in 41.0 minutes in his two games with Bakersfield. Warren scored 40 points (16-of-27 from the field) on Friday night against Texas and 32 points (12-of-19) on Saturday against Grand Rapids. 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. A 6-10, 218-pound forward from Oregon State, Moreland was assigned to the Bighorns on November 4 and played in two games for the Bighorns. Morleand totaled 30 points (.619 FG%, 13-21 FG, 4-10 FT), 26 rebounds, three assists, five steals and one block in 58 minutes in starting both games. He led the Bighorns in rebounding in both games, recording two double-doubles. NBA.com

The Cleveland Cavaliers have recalled center Alex Kirk from the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. Kirk has appeared in two games for the Cavs this season. NBA.com

November 16, 2014 Updates

The Houston Rockets assigned Clint Capela, their 25th pick in the 2014 draft, to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Monday. The assignment is primarily for rehabilitation reasons, as Capela is currently nursing a groin injury that he suffered in preseason with the Rockets. He was forced to sit out the Vipers' season opener on Friday because of the injury, but made his debut on Saturday night against the Austin Spurs. In 12 minutes, Capela scored 10 points on 5-for-7 shooting, pulled down five rebounds, and blocked four shots. According to The Monitor's Dennis Silva, Capela will continue to be on a 15-minute restriction as he recovers from his injury. Ridiculous Upside

November 15, 2014 Updates

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