Cavs’ Bennett Would Be Open to D-League Assignment

Anthony Bennett, the struggling No. 1 pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers, says he would be open to going to the D-League to work on his game.

“It’s something I’d think about, for sure,” Bennett told the Akron Beacon Journal this week. “It’s not a bad thing, especially going down there, hopefully playing a lot, going out there, building my confidence.”

Bennett is averaging just 2.4 points and 2.2 rebounds for the Cavs and is on the verge of being considered a bust. To read more of this story, click here

Chosen in NBA D-League Draft, Aquille Carr Dreams of NBA (UPDATED)

The man they call “The Crimestopper” was chosen by the Delaware 87ers in the third round of the NBA D-League Draft, but has much bigger goals for the future.

Like the other 180-odd players in tonight’s draft, 5-foot-6 Aquille Carr’s ultimate goal is to play in the NBA.

“Yeah, that’s his goal, man,” Carr’s agent, Johnny Foster, told SNY.tv Friday by phone. “You know how that is. That’s any players goal, man, to try to do that so that’s one of his main goals.”

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Aquille Carr to the NBA D-League

Former Seton Hall pledge Aquille Carr is headed to the NBA D-League.

Johnny Foster, Carr’s agent, told DLeague Digest.com that Carr has “signed a D-League contract for the upcoming draft [Nov. 1]”

“It was his decision to play in the D-League, and to develop in order to get ready for next year’s NBA draft,” he said.

Carr initially committed to Seton Hall for the 2013-14 season but then opted to play overseas instead.  He played in China last season.

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26 NBA Draft Picks Have Been Assigned to the NBA D-League

This year, 26 players from the 2012 NBA Draft class have been assigned to the NBA D-League, including the following 11 first-round picks.

Of this group, only Miles Plumlee was a four-year college player.

For more on this phenomenon, read my story here.

No. 12 – Jeremy Lamb

No. 13 – Kendall Marshall

No. 16 – Royce White

No. 18 – Terrence Jones

No. 22 – Fab Melo

No. 23 – John Jenkins

No. 24 – Jared Cunningham

No. 25 – Tony Wroten Jr.

No. 26 – Miles Plumlee

No. 27 – Arnett Moultrie

No. 28 – Perry Jones III

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Lamb Latest Kentucky Player Sent to D-League

Remember all those Kentucky players chosen in last year’s NBA Draft?

Six of them altogether.

Well, three of them are now in the NBA D-League after the Milwaukee Bucks sent Doron Lamb down to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Saturday.

Lamb joins Terrence Jones (Houston Rockets) — the No. 18 overall pick — and Darius Miller (New Orleans Hornets) — the No. 46 pick — as members of the 2012 NCAA champions on D-League rosters. To read more of this story, click here

Jones, Orton, Lamb Sent to D-League

Friday was a tough day for former Cats and Huskies as Terrence Jones, Daniel Orton and Jeremy Lamb were all assigned to the NBA D-League.

The 6-foot-9 Jones was selected by the Houston Rockets with the No. 18 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft out of national champion Kentucky, one of six Wildcats drafted.

He rejoins the Rio Grande Valley Vipers following a two-game stint there earlier this season in which he averaged 22.5 points and 17.5 boards. He played in eight games with the Rockets, averaging 4.3 points and 2.1 rebounds.

The Oklahoma City assigned both Orton, the No. 29 pick in 2010 out of Kentucky, and Lamb, the No. 12 pick in 2012 out of UConn, to the Tulsa 66ers.

All told, 20 picks in the 2012 Draft have been assigned to the D-League this year.

For more, read my recent feature on the topic.

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Charlotte Signs Former UConn Standout Jeff Adrien, Higgins Waives His Son

The Charlotte Bobcats have signed former UConn forward Jeff Adrien, who is expected to join the team today and be available for Monday’s game against Golden State.

In order to make room for Adrien, Rod Higgins, the Bobcats’ president for basketball operations, said the team had waived his son, Cory Higgins, in his second season with the team.

The 6-foot-7 Adrien has appeared in five games for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, averaging team-highs of 17.6 points and 11.2 rebounds. He led the team in scoring in two of the team’s five games.

Adrien last played in the NBA with Golden State and Houston during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. In 31 career games, he averaged 2.5 points and 2.6 rebounds.

Undrafted in 2009, Adrien played in 133 games for UConn, averaging 12.1 points and 8.5 rebounds.

(The AP contributed reporting)

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Lamb, Marshall, Jenkins, Jones Latest First-Round Picks in D-League Parade (UPDATED)

When Jeremy Lamb, Kendall Marshall, John Jenkins and Perry Jones heard NBA Commissioner David Stern call their names during the NBA Draft last June, they probably didn’t expect this bump in the road.

On Thursday, Lamb, out of UConn, and Marshall, from North Carolina, were among the latest in a parade of  2012 draft picks sent to the NBA D-League.

On Saturday, the Atlanta Hawks assigned both Jenkins, the No. 23 pick in the draft out of Vanderbilt, and Mike Scott of Virginia, the No. 43 pick, to the D-League.

And on Monday, the Oklahoma City Thunder sent down Perry Jones, the former Baylor star picked No. 28 in the draft.

All told, seven first-round picks from last year’s draft have been assigned to the D-League, and 13 drafted players overall. Only one of the seven first-rounders — Duke’s Miles Plumlee — spent four years in college. To read more of this story, click here

Machado, Joseph, Melo to the D-League

Three former Northeast college stars are headed to the NBA D-League.

The Houston Rockets on Wednesday assigned former Iona point guard Scott Machado to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers., their D-League affiliate.

Undrafted out of Iona in 2012, Machado appeared in six preseason games with the Rockets, averaging 3.5 points, 5.3 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 13.5 minutes.

Houston previously sent Royce White to the D-League and he skipped Monday’s game and Tuesday’s practice for reasons that went unexplained.

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Hornets Send Former KU Guard Henry to D-League

The New Orleans Hornets have sent second-year guard Xavier Henry to the Iowa Energy of the NBA D-League.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Henry has appeared in 24 games for the Hornets this season, averaging 5.0 points, 1.9 rebounds and 14.3 minutes.  In his 62-game NBA career, he has averaged 4.6 points, 1.3 rebounds and 14.0 minutes.

Originally selected by the Memphis Grizzlies with the 12th overall pick of  the 2010 NBA Draft, Henry joined the Hornets as part of a three-team trade on Jan. 4.

In one season at Kansas, Henry averaged 13.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals.

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