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March 13, 2014 Updates
March 12, 2014 Updates

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed forward Shane Edwards from the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team, to a 10-day contract, Cavaliers acting General Manager David Griffin announced today. NBA.com

Finally, several GMs saw an opportunity to create a real minor league out of the NBDL if the change occurs. "I think more players will take a harder look at skipping college and going straight to the D-League," one GM said. "Especially if we can pay them a little more. Waiting for two years under the restrictions of the NCAA will be a hardship for some. I think if we can get every team owning a D-League franchise, we can really start to do our part to prepare players to play in the NBA. It would be good for the league." ESPN.com

However, not everyone is on board. A number of GMs feel like the NBA is being paternalistic. Good front offices, they argue, know how to find and develop talent. It's not the players' fault -- it's the fault of inept GMs. "I think it's an overreaction," one GM said. "Teams that know what they are doing, have the right process and support structure in place, do very well. Adam should spend less time lecturing the NBPA and more time lecturing owners who are spending up to $100 million a year but don't know how to develop or find good players. Most of the teams that struggle with this just don't have the right systems in place. What we really need is a developmental league for executives and scouts." ESPN.com

"If a player is ready for the NBA, they're ready," one player agent said. "Why have an arbitrary age limit that treats everyone like they're equal? LeBron James was ready. Tyrus Thomas wasn't. It's a PR gimmick and everyone knows it. It has nothing to do with what Adam is saying. It has everything to do with using the NCAA to help build a player's marketability. "If you really believe in your teams, let the players and GMs make that call and live with the consequences. Why should a player who wants to come and is ready to come be barred because someone else -- either a team or a player -- made a stupid decision in the past? Would LeBron really have been better off waiting two years? Would Durant or Rose somehow have a better career? NBA careers are short. For the players that are ready, I think they should come when they're ready. If they're a junior in high school and they can play, let them come and try." ESPN.com

March 11, 2014 Updates

The Golden State Warriors have recalled guard Nemanja Nedovic from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced today. Nedovic has appeared in 21 games for Golden State this season, averaging 6.4 minutes per contest. NBA.com

Cleveland Cavaliers: ROSTER UPDATE: #Cavs recall Sergey Karasev from the @CantonCharge. [ROSTER]: http://ow.ly/ut3UV #AllForOne Twitter

The Oklahoma City Thunder has assigned forward Reggie Williams to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Williams has appeared in 20 games (16 starts) for the 66ers this season, averaging 20.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.55 steals in 37.3 minutes per game. NBA.com

March 10, 2014 Updates

The Trail Blazers have assigned rookie shooting guard Allen Crabbe to the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League, general manager Neil Olshey announced Monday. The 21-year-old out of California is averaging 2.0 points and 4.9 minutes in 12 games with the Blazers this season. His career high of eight points came Dec. 6 against Utah. Crabbe, the 31st pick in the 2013 NBA draft, is the second Blazers player assigned to Idaho this season, following CJ McCollum's stint there Jan. 1-5. Oregonian

The Golden State Warriors have assigned guard Nemanja Nedovic to the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced today. Nedovic has appeared in seven games (five starts) for Santa Cruz this season, compiling averages of 15.6 points, 3.7 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 1.14 steals in 26.6 minutes. NBA.com

The NBA Development League has added a team in the New York suburb of White Plains that will be owned and operated by the Knicks. The addition of the team brings the NBADL membership to 18 teams, seven of them owned and operated by an NBA franchise. Allan Houston, the Knicks' assistant general manager, will serve as the new team's GM. Houston calls the NBADL "thriving, and this opportunity allows us to develop players closer to our training facility, and to provide high level, affordable basketball entertainment to the community." The team will conduct a fan vote to help choose the name of the new NBADL club. It will play 24 regular-season games at the County Center. USA Today Sports

White's 10-day deal expires on Saturday, the day after Reno plays at home against Idaho. If everything works out, White will likely get a second 10-day, and move down to Sacramento, where he'll work out and play with the Kings. They will be finishing a long East coast/Midwest road trip next Sunday. After they return, they'll have four straight games at Sleep Train Arena (March 18-26), so there will be no travel issues. (Everyone insists this is a coincidence. I don't believe in coincidences.) "We're looking at this as a 10-day basketball contract," Kings General Manager Pete D'Alessandro said Sunday. "The conversations with us and Royce have been really positive. We're looking forward to his continued growth. We'll take this day by day and see where it leads us." NBA.com

Sean Deveney: NBA announces that the @nbadleague will expand to 18 teams next year, with the Knicks buying a team to play in White Plains. Twitter @SeanDeveney

March 9, 2014 Updates

The Toronto Raptors announced Sunday rookie guard Dwight Buycks (BIKES) has been recalled from the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League. Buycks was reassigned to the Jam on March 5. He appeared in three games, totaling 61 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in 98 minutes. Buycks scored a game-high 28 points on 12-for-19 shooting from the field March 5 against the Texas Legends. Raptors.com

The Mavericks recalled Gal Mekel from the D-League after the rookie point guard spent three games playing for the Texas Legends on a rehab stint. Mekel averaged 9.3 points, 6.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game for the Legends, but he shot only 34.4 percent from the floor during his time in the D-League. ESPN.com

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