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Maurice Ager, Grammy Award winner. The former Michigan State and NBA guard likes the sound of that but never imagined it possible until this week. The Grammy board announced that his single “Far From Home” is officially on the ballot for nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. “It’s a pleasant surprise, a blessing,” Ager told the Detroit Free Press on Thursday. “The best things happen when you don’t expect them. It’s something I’ve worked at for a long time, I’ve put a lot of passion and energy into music. Hopefully this is paving the way for other athletes who want to get into the business.” Lansing State Journal
The question of basketball is a tough one for Ager. Given the opportunity he isn’t certain he would attend a camp if an offer was extended. But he wouldn’t rule out the possibility of training camp with the Lakers or Clippers. He says his days in the D-League are pretty much done. After 82 career NBA games in four seasons with an average of 2.1 points the writing may very well be on the wall. But there are those who think Ager, who earned a rep as a likeable teammate and still possesses quality athleticism, could find a home. An L.A.-based trainer who hasn’t worked with Ager but is familiar with his game believes so. “He’s still got some basketball left in him,” says the trainer. “He’d have to find the right fit but there’s certainly a possibility.” ESPN.com
In the middle of the block on an historic street on the edge of Beverly Hills sits a two-story apartment house that looks like it could have been a set in David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive. After hitting a call button and announcing my arrival a slender man in gray sweat pants and a white muscle shirt answers the door. “Welcome to the studio,” says former Michigan State guard Maurice Ager. ESPN.com
Ager, who took up residence in Los Angeles last spring, found this place through Westside Rentals and it’s become ground zero for the pursuit of his next career: hip-hop music producer. At 27, the former 2006 first round pick of the Dallas Mavericks played just four games for Minnesota last season and is currently an unrestricted free agent. With basketball seemingly in his rearview mirror he envisions himself as the next Dr. Dre. “With everything that’s going on in basketball I felt that it was the right time to come out here and try to do this full time,” says Ager. “Making music is something that’s always been in me. I feel like I have a talent for it and I’m going to try to make it work.” ESPN.com
The Wolves on Thursday waived guard Maurice Ager, clearing the way for them to sign former Utah Jazz and NBA Development League guard Sundiata Gaines. The Wolves are looking for more of a natural point guard as insurance while questions remain about Flynn and injured Luke Ridnour and Wayne Ellington. Minneapolis Star-Tribune
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