HoopsHype D-League rumors

November 13, 2014 Updates

What are your thoughts on Mudiay in China and the D-League and foreign leagues as a destination for prospects? Chad Ford: He's been really good. He just finished his fifth game for Guangdong. His team is 4-1. He had 16 points and 9 assists in his last game versus Fujian. He's already had a triple-double. He's shooting the ball really well from three. He's young and he turns the ball over too much at times, but every scout I've spoken with who's seen him is impressed. He'll make a major play for the No. 1 pick -- especially if a team really in need of guard play gets the pick. ESPN.com

The D-Fenders, the Lakers' NBA Development League affiliate, start their season on Friday, visiting the Santa Cruz Warriors. The team is run by President and Chief Executive Officer Joey Buss, who is also part-owner of the Lakers. "My desire is always to win, and I hope to translate that onto the court," Buss told The Times at D-Fenders media day Tuesday. "At the same time, it's very important for the team to be a development tool for the Lakers." Los Angeles Times

"Our goal is to have the new coach reflect Byron's philosophies in the game," said Buss. "But let's not be confused. Not only is our personnel different, for example we don't have Kobe [Bryant] . . . for us to say that we can run the exact same offense, I think that would be a little unrealistic." Play in the D-League is generally guard-centric, with a heavy dose of three-point shooting. Scott, with the Lakers, hopes to keep his team shooting closer to the basket. "We want to implement the same philosophies and terminologies but then adapt it not only to our personnel but to also the D-League itself," said Buss. Los Angeles Times

Buss, 30, also has an important role with the Lakers. “I serve as an alternate governor on the Board of Governors,” he said. “I've been doing that over six years now.” His sister Jeanie Buss is the Lakers' president and governor. The team's patriarch passed away in February 2013, to cancer complications. “Fortunately my father was very organized for us,” said Joey. “He did a lot of the estate planning. He set up everything up in such a way that it was very easy for us to pick up and go.” Los Angeles Times

November 12, 2014 Updates

Robert Covington: Philly bound. Truly blessed for this new opportunity. Told you the man upstairs knew what he was doing. New team Same goals. Told you #JustWaitOnIt http://instagram.com/p/vUeRBFRMFL/ Instagram

David Pick: Sixers finalizing deal with D-League stud Robert Covington, via @ESPNSteinLine. I'm told it's a long-term four-year agreement. Twitter @IAmDPick

November 11, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: Look for the Philadelphia 76ers to sign Robert Covington this week. Hearing Sixers are poised to pluck Covington out of the @nbadleague. Sixers-bound Robert Covington was the first overall pick in the recent @nbadleague draft by the Grand Rapids Drive (Pistons affiliate) Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

November 10, 2014 Updates

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced that the team assigned center Clint Capela to Houston’s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley. Capela (6-10, 245, France), appeared in one game with the Rockets so far this season on November 6th versus San Antonio, recording three rebounds and one assist. The former Elan Chalon player out of France was selected by the Rockets 25th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft. This will be Capela’s first appearance in the NBA D-League. NBA.com

The Philadelphia 76ers announced today the team has signed free agent center Drew Gordon from its NBA Development League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers. He is the fourth GATORADE Call-Up of the 2014-15 NBA Development League season. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed. NBA.com

November 9, 2014 Updates

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have assigned forward Dwight Powell to the Maine Red Claws. Powell, a 6’11 forward, appeared in six contests for the Celtics during the preseason and averaged 1.7 points and 1.2 rebounds in 9.0 minutes per game over that span. NBA.com

The Iowa Energy announced today Diante Garrett will be returning to the team and added to their training camp roster. Garrett (6-4, 190, Iowa State) was acquired by the Energy last year as part of a three-team trade. Garrett’s addition follows the call-up of Kalin Lucas to the Memphis Grizzlies. NBA.com

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