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April 6, 2015 Updates

Mike Tokito: Ex-#Blazers PG Armon Johnson signed w/D-League's Austin Spurs for playoffs. Elliot Williams also in D-League playoffs, with Santa Cruz. Twitter @mtokito

The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has recalled forward Grant Jerrett from the NBA Development League’s Idaho Stampede, the Jazz’s exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team. Jerrett was assigned to the Stampede on March 26 and their season concluded on April 4. NBA.com

April 4, 2015 Updates

Earl K. Sneed: Per @MavsPR, the @dallasmavs reassign Dwight Powell to the @TexasLegends. He's averaged 30.3 pts & 9.9 rebs in 7 games for the Legends. Twitter @EarlKSneed

April 2, 2015 Updates

The Grand Rapids Drive won't have a winning season on the court, but management of parent company Detroit Pistons are pleased with the first-year relationship with the NBA Development League team. "This first year our primary goal was creating a structure that matches our structure," said Dennis Mannion, president & CEO of Palace Sports and Entertainment and the Detroit Pistons. "...We're getting better at it. We have a monthly call in to go over things and with what Steve (Ybarra, the lead owner of the Drive) has learned it will help him so much in support and planning for next year." Booth Newspapers

Bower was pleased with the way the Drive's on-court operation mirrored that of Stan Van Gundy's with the Pistons. "I thought that was a strength going into the year, and it's a strength as we wrap up," he said. "Our comfort level with knowing what, for example, Quincy Miller would find when he got here (Grand Rapids) was very high." Booth Newspapers

April 1, 2015 Updates

The Phoenix Suns have signed guard Jerel McNeal to a 10-day contract. McNeal, whose first name is pronounced Jah-rell, has averaged 18.5 points, 4.6 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.1 steals in 27 games with the Bakersfield Jam this season. The 6-3 guard scored a season-high 40 points on 16-of-23 shooting for the Suns’ NBA Development League affiliate on March 7 at Austin. NBA.com

The 22-year-old is expected to replace David Wear on the Kings' roster after Wear received a 10-day call-up from the Kings. Reno point guard David Stockton, son of the legendary John Stockton, is another recent Kings call-up from the Bighorns, who have sent a D-League-high five players to the NBA this season with their freewheeling offense under first-year coach David Arseneault. ESPN.com

March 31, 2015 Updates

Hodges, 54, is a Jackson disciple and former 3-point shooting great. It’s known Hodges has taken second-round pick Thanasis Antetokounmpo under his wing. According to a source, Hodges thought Whitted’s loud and brash style was not working and his yelling at the players was being tuned out. Hodges has a more laid-back style. In a release, he was named “interim’’ in a move first reported by The Post Monday morning. New York Post

March 30, 2015 Updates

The Memphis Grizzlies recalled forward/center Jarnell Stokes and guard Russ Smith from the Grizzlies’ NBA Development League affiliate, the Iowa Energy, Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace announced today. Stokes was assigned to Iowa on March 17 while Smith was assigned on March 23. This completes the sixth assignment to Iowa for Stokes and the third for Smith, who also had three prior stints this season with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. NBA.com

On Monday morning, the NBA D-League announced that ESPN will air its postseason play for the first time, this season, beginning April 7th. The outlet will be broadcasting up to nineteen games, picking up the local feeds with some of the minor league's best up and coming broadcasters. Ridiculous Upside

Marc Berman: Word is Westchester Knicks coach Kevin Whitted could be out as head coach. D-League team had rough season. Assistant coach Craig Hodges is expected to take over for Whitted for final few games for Westchester Knicks. Twitter @NYPost_Berman

March 29, 2015 Updates
March 27, 2015 Updates

Christopher A. Vito: Villanova product (and former Sixers G) Maalik Wayns is with the 87ers these days, but is inactive tonight with a left leg injury. 87ers G Maalik Wayns spent time w/ a Lithuanian club, before returning to U.S. to undergo surgery. Also became a 1st-time dad in November. Twitter @ChrisVito

Hodges, meanwhile, is a Jackson disciple. Hodges, a 3-point specialist, played for Jackson with the Bulls, winning two titles. Hodges also was a Lakers assistant under Jackson, winning two more titles. There’s speculation Hodges could be Westchester’s head coach next season. According to a source, Hodges left the team for at least a game early in the season. New York Post

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