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March 19, 2014 Updates

While some of these names have nicer rings than others, there is in fact already an "New York Empire" squad that plays its games in the Big Apple. The team of the same name plays Ultimate Frisbee and has been a part of the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) since the start of the 2013 season. When reached by RidiculousUpside.com, the organization had no comment regarding the Knicks' D-League (team) name. Ridiculous Upside

March 18, 2014 Updates
March 16, 2014 Updates

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have recalled forward Austin Daye from the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League. In Saturday night’s contest against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Daye recorded 27 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocked shots in 40 total minutes. It marked his first game with the Toros this season since being acquired by the Spurs on Feb. 20. NBA.com

Arnett Moultrie’s assignment to the D-League has more to do with getting minutes for the forward than getting him in shape. The 76ers sent Moultrie to the Delaware 87ers, their D-League affiliate, prior to Saturday night’s game against Memphis. For all intents and purposes, Moultrie was sent down Friday. He was inactive against Indiana, and was not present on the Sixers’ bench. Delaware County Daily Times

The motivation for Moultrie’s assignment, according to Sixers coach Brett Brown, is giving the second-year man an opportunity to earn extensive playing time. Moultrie is averaging 15.6 minutes over 12 appearances. Left ankle surgery in training camp caused Moultrie to miss the first 50 games of the season. And, at times, Brown has said Moultrie’s months of inactivity put him behind the 8-ball physically. “He needs to play basketball. I was not giving him the minutes here, and he needs to go play extended minutes,” Brown said. “It’s not really a fitness issue entirely. It’s a tiny bit that. I’d say that about anybody. What it is is he needs to play. He’s a young player. He was a first-round draft pick. He needs to play. If it’s not happening here, it’s got to happen somewhere else and that’s why we’re so lucky to have our D-League team 40 minutes down the road.” Delaware County Daily Times

March 15, 2014 Updates

Shams Charania: Reggie Williams will return to Oklahoma City's D-League affiliate, Tulsa, where he's averaged 20.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and five assists. Twitter @ShamsCharania

The Philadelphia 76ers assigned forward Arnett Moultrie to the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League on Saturday. This marks Moultrie’s second assignment to the Sevens. He appeared in three games during a stretch from Feb. 4-9. Basketball Insiders

March 14, 2014 Updates
March 13, 2014 Updates

Among the benefits of playing stateside is the ability to remain on NBA scouts' radar. And those that have watched Hairston have been impressed by what they have seen. "He has a knack and a feel for how to get free from defenders," said a Western Conference executive. "He can attack and score extremely well. I see him as a mid-first-round pick." SI.com

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