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D-Fenders Finalize Roster For 2016-17 Season

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Last season, L.A. marched all the way to the NBA D-League Finals under the direction of then head coach Casey Owens (now a Lakers assistant coach) before falling to the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Now, head coach Coby Karl leads a roster that returns several familiar faces from year’s past, including Vander Blue, Justin Harper and Josh Magette, as well as two local products – both affiliate players – in Julian Jacobs (USC) and Travis Wear (UCLA). The D-Fenders open the season at home on Friday, Nov. 12 to face the Iowa Energy. Tip-off is at 7:30pm. Here is a look…

Report: Jabari Brown To Play For Lakers Summer League Team

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According to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News, Jabari Brown will play for the Lakers Summer League Team in Las Vegas. Jabari Brown plans to play for Lakers' summer league team, according to league sources.— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) June 25, 2016 Brown is no stranger to the Lakers organization. He previously played for their Summer League squad in 2015, then was one of the final cuts in training camp prior to the start of the 2015-16 regular season. The Missouri product then headed overseas to China, where he averaged 32.8 points for the Foshan Long Lions of the Chinese…

Josh Magette To Play For Brooklyn Nets Las Vegas Summer League Team

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Josh Magette will play for the Brooklyn Nets Summer League squad in Las Vegas, he confirmed to DFendTheHoop.com. The point guard finished a stellar year for the D-Fenders, leading the league in assists (9.2) and steals (2.4), while helping guide the D-Fenders to the NBA D-League Finals. He also set a franchise record with 22 assists in a game against the Texas Legends on March 19. Currently, the Nets have no point guards under contract for next season, according to HoopsHype.com. Jarrett Jack holds a team option, Shane Larkin holds a player option and Donald Sloan is a free agent.…

D-Fenders Acquire Jamaal Franklin

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EL SEGUNDO, CA – The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired forward Jamaal Franklin, it was announced today by General Manager Nick Mazzella. In a related move, the team has waived forward D.J. Shumpert. Franklin returns to the D-Fenders after appearing in 21 games for the team during the 2014-15 season. The 6’5” forward recorded three triple doubles, averaging 19.2 points, 8.9 rebounds, 6.5 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. Franklin earned a GATORADE Call-Up to the Denver Nuggets on April 12, 2015, playing in three games, tallying 1.0 points, 1.0 assists, and 0.7 rebounds per game. Franklin was drafted 41st…

Anthony Brown Assigned To D-Fenders

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EL SEGUNDO, CA – The Los Angeles Lakers have assigned Anthony Brown to the D-Fenders, it was announced today. Brown has played in two games for the Lakers this season, scoring five points in his debut on October 28th vs. the Sacramento Kings. The 34th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft appeared in five games for the Lakers during the 2015 Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 5.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. A 6-7 guard/forward from Stanford, Brown played in 37 games (36 starts) for the Cardinal last season, tallying 14.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists while…

Will Sheehey To Participate In NBA D-League Elite Mini Camp

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The NBA D-League will host its sixth annual elite mini camp in Chicago – starting Monday, May 11 – an event where the league’s top prospects will undergo player testing and measurements, drill work and four games over two days. D-Fenders guard Will Sheehey is expected to be one of the 40 participants. Sheehey was acquired on March 12 and appeared in 17 games (three starts) for L.A. during the 2014-15 season. The Indiana product averaged 9.4 points and 3.2 rebounds on 47.5 percent field goals and 38.5 percent on three-pointers. Of the 37 players who participated in last year’s…

Roscoe Smith Earns NBA D-League Third Team All-Rookie Honors

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Roscoe Smith was named to the NBA D-League Third Team All-Rookie Team, joining Sim Bhullar (Reno), Semaj Christon (Oklahoma City), Andre Dawkins (Sioux Falls) and David Wear (Reno). Smith started 46 of 49 games played during his first year in the D-League, averaging 18.1 points and 11.0 rebounds on 52.8 percent field goals. He finished second among all players in double-doubles (31), behind only Iowa’s Wilie Reed.

Jabari Brown Named To 2015 NBA D-League Third Team

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Jabari Brown, who inked two 10-day contracts before signing a multi-year deal with the Lakers, was named to the 2015 NBA D-League Third Team. *Video courtesy of the NBA D-League’s YouTube channel. Brown also earned Second Team All-Rookie Honors, finishing his season with averages of 24.4 points, 4.1 boards and 2.2 assists on 45.7 percent field goals and 39.7 percent on three-pointers. An undrafted rookie out of Missouri, Brown recorded a 50-point game at Sioux Falls on Jan. 10, 2015 – then a NBA D-League season high – and two other 40-point performances before his NBA Call-Up on March 10.…

Lakers Sign Vander Blue

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EL SEGUNDO, CA – The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard Vander Blue for the remainder of the season, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released. Blue joins the Lakers from the team’s NBA Development League affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders, where he finished second in the NBADL in scoring at 23.3 points per game on 47.3% shooting (41.6% from beyond-the-arc), in addition to 5.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game in 49 appearances (47 starts). The 22-year-old was selected as an NBADL All-Star this season, and held…

Nuggets Sign Jamaal Franklin

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DENVER – The Denver Nuggets have signed guard Jamaal Franklin, 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. Franklin, 23, was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies…

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