Jamaal Franklin Rumors
The Denver Nuggets have signed guard Jamaal Frankin, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today. Franklin, 6-5, 190, has appeared in 21 games (eight starts) for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League this season, averaging 19.2 points, 8.9 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.48 steals in 34.1 minutes per game. Prior to that he played in 26 games (three starts) for the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association, averaging 28.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.88 steals in 33.8 minutes.
The Lakers could look to their own NBA Development League affiliate for talent, or to the general free-agent pool, perhaps with a 10-day contract to offer. The Lakers can also look at other D-League players who aren’t on their specific minor-league squad. Presuming the team might look to add a guard, Jabari Brown, who went through training camp with the Lakers, is averaging 24.3 points a game with the D-Fenders. Vander Blue (21.3 a night) and Jamaal Franklin (20.4) have also been consistent scorers with the Lakers’ affiliate.