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December 7, 2014 Updates

The Atlanta Hawks have assigned forward/center Mike Muscala to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by Head Coach Mike Budenholzer. Muscala, in his second year with the Hawks, has appeared in five games this season, averaging 4.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 10.7 minutes (.474 FG%, .800 FT%). NBA.com

December 6, 2014 Updates
December 5, 2014 Updates

David Mayo: #Pistons send Tony Mitchell back to GR for NBDL gm tonight. And league announces 12/13 game at SAC no longer on NBA TV. Twitter @David_Mayo

The Philadelphia 76ers announced today the team has signed free agent guard Malcolm Lee from its NBA Development League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers. He is the ninth GATORADE Call-Up of the 2014-15 NBA Development League season. Lee has appeared in four games with three starts for the Sevens this season. He also saw action in three games for the Sixers this preseason. NBA.com

The Texas Legends have acquired forward Ivan Johnson from the available player pool. Johnson (6-8, 255, Cal State San Bernardino) played for the Dallas Mavericks in NBA Summer League and four games of the 2014-15 preseason, averaging 5.2 points and 2.5 rebounds. In 2 seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Johnson averaged 6.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 15.8 minutes in 125 games. Prior to being signed by the Hawks, Johnson played in 49 games with the Erie Bayhawks averaging 22.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals and was selected to the NBA Development League All Star Game in 2011. Johnson is expected to join the Legends tonight as they host the Oklahoma City Blue on Chihuahua Court at 7pm. Legends fans can catch all the action live on the NBA D-League’s YouTube channel. NBA.com

The rich just get richer, right? Well, that’s not always the case in the NBA D-League even though it may seem that way when a player like Ivan Johnson lands in the laps of the Texas Legends, a team who already boasts one of the more talented rosters in the NBADL. Texas was given an order priority due to the fact Ish Smith has been called up for 21 consecutive days. It is a rule in the NBADL that essentially propels a team that may have lost a top talent (i.e. an NBA Call-Up), into the top position of the waiver list in order to have first choice of any player available in the NBA D-League Player Pool. Often times, teams will communicate with agents and players about their waiver order position in order to secure them. Even more, players have been known to wait out periods of time to ensure they’ll be selected by a certain NBADL team. There has been no indication that the Legends did this specifically regarding Johnson, but it pays to know where you stand as far as order priority goes if you’ve had a player called up for 21 days. Essentially, a team could time it right when a player of their liking becomes available in the NBA D-League player pool. D-League Digest

Gino Pilato: Will Cherry is heading overseas, will not return to the NBA D-League according to a source. Cherry was this season's first NBA Call-Up. Twitter @DLeagueDigest

December 4, 2014 Updates

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