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The Wolves, as expected, waived training-camp invitees center Chris Johnson and forward Mike Harris by today’s deadline to set their season-opening roster. That gets them down to the maximum 15 players, and it means former D Leaguer Will Conroy will start the season with the team as an extra point guard. The Wolves have 14 players with guaranteed contracts, so all 14 were certain to make the final roster.
Soon thereafter, the NBDL was rebranded as the NBA Development League or, simply, the D-League. Stern moved the D-League’s offices to New York and streamlined the operations between the two circuits. Before long, the D-League became a version of the proving ground long envisioned by Stern, with the number of call-ups increasing on an annual basis. “It’s been good for me to see guys like [Lou Amundson and Mike Harris] to find their way into the NBA,” says Timberwolves player development assistant Shawn Respert, who spent two years working in D-League offices. “I can say their success has come from some of the things we tried to incorporate in the D-League.” Last season, a record 44 players found their way from the D-League onto an NBA roster.