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The Detroit Pistons will become the third Detroit major-league franchise with a minor-league affiliate in the Grand Rapids area when an NBA Development League team moves there next season, sources confirmed to MLive. An agreement has been reached for undisclosed local owners to purchase the Springfield (Mass.) Armor and relocate the team to Michigan's second-largest metropolitan area for the 2014-15 season, according to NBA, NBDL and local sources. Booth Newspapers

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The Iowa Energy have acquired center Josh Boone. Boone (6-10, 237 lbs) was the 23rd overall pick by the New Jersey Nets in 2006. The former Connecticut Husky averaged 5.2 points and 4.9 rebounds in his four years with the Nets. Boone appeared in two games for the Energy last season, averaging 16.5 points and 7.5 boards before an injury. Boone will wear number 33 and will available for tonight's game. OurSportsCentral.com

But, like his tattoo of the caduceus, which Alexander plans to add colors and elements to in the near future, his story isn't completed just yet. There's another chapter still yet to be penned, one that Alexander hopes leads to another shot in the NBA. "I look back on it to try to learn things. But for the most part, that's a closed book for me," Alexander said of his previous NBA stint. "In my mind, my goal was to get to the NBA, and I did it and that's over. Now I have new goals — they're very similar, like get back to the NBA. But I'm focused on those now. "I've done it once, I'm sure I can do it again." Santa Cruz Sentinel

Everyone in the D-League is trying to get to the NBA. But Alexander had to first get back to the game of basketball. "Man, I just love to play ball," said Alexander, the first Taiwanese-born NBA player who didn't begin playing competitive, 5-on-5 basketball until he was 16. "Before I had the surgery, I never would have said that. I would have been like, you know, I'm passionate about winning and I want to play in the NBA. But I've learned through this process, I just love to play basketball. And when I'm not playing, I'm sad. That's all it comes down to. I've learned that through this process " Santa Cruz Sentinel

He had gone to great distances to keep playing the game, but Alexander's game was cut short — and his career put on hold — with an X-ray in the middle of the season. "It was pretty devastating to me on two fronts," Alexander said. "One, that I would have to take a lot of time off, but, two, I didn't know how much (time) and no one else seemed to know, either. With this injury, it's kind of a wild card as far as when you'll be able to come back from it. "So, it was like crawling in the dark. You never know how long it will take to heal. It's different for each guy. One guy could take three weeks, one guy could take 12 months. Nobody can tell you when it will be good." Santa Cruz Sentinel

NBA teams don't usually operate like this. They don't usually invite players to training camp, discover an injury is worse than they initially expected and keep that player around to take up a roster spot. But the Golden State Warriors saw something in Alexander that other teams didn't. "Joe was always a long-term play," said Kirk Lacob, general manager of the Santa Cruz Warriors. Santa Cruz Sentinel

Another Nets insider said the Knicks move will not "affect our decision," but didnt elaborate. One thing the Nets did like in the Knicks deal is how close it brought their D-League operations to New York. The front office would like, all things being equal, to have a D-League closer to Brooklyn. That's led to speculation the Nets could move D-League operations to the revamped Nassau Coliseum but the new Nassau won't be ready until 2016 ... and the Bridgeport Sounders, the Islanders minor league team, are already committed to play 25 dates at the arena that winter. Having two minor league teams eat up 50+ dates in the winter might not appeal to those running Nassau. NetsDaily

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