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Friday, December 2, 2016

Worldwide Transactions - December 1, 2016

A look at some of the notable moves around the world of basketball today.

  • Ahmad Nivins to be released by Orleans (French Pro A)
After being named Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, Nivins was drafted 56th overall in the 2009 draft by the Dallas Mavericks. His draft rights were moved to the Knicks in the 2011 trade that brought Tyson Chandler to New York.  The Jersey City product suited up for the Knicks summer league team in 2012 before his draft rights were renounced before the 2014 season.  The now 29 year old forward has spent his entire pro career in Europe including the last 5 seasons playing for various teams in the France.  He was part of the Asvel Villeurbanne team that won the Pro A Championship last season before signing with Orleans this offseason.  Nivins has had a down year while battling knee issues and will be released following this Saturday's game against Le Mans.  Source

  • Shandong (Chinese CBA) sign A.J. Price, release Norris Cole
Price was another 2009 draft pick going 52nd overall to the Indiana Pacers.  He played in 261 career NBA games over parts of 6 seasons with his last action coming during the 2014-15 season with the Suns.  He returns to China after averaging 30.3 points per game for Shanghai last season.  Cole, a 2011 1st round pick, was putting up 19.1 ppg for the 6-6 Flaming Bulls.  He has played in 347 NBA games over the last 5 seasons before moving to China this year.  It is rumored that he might be leaving to join the Grizzlies as an injury replacement for Mike Conley.  Cole spent last year in New Orleans scoring 10.6 points over 45 games including 23 starts.  Source

  • Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League) acquire Jeff Ayres as returning player
Sticking with the 2009 draft theme, the 31st overall pick heads back to the D-League after gaining some Euroleague experience with Russian powerhouse CSKA.  The 6 year vet has played in 237 NBA games including 17 last season with the Clippers.  He was averaging 16.2 pts & 9.2 reb with the Idaho Stampede before being called up in late January.  Ayres was then dealt to the D-Fenders upon his D-League return but played in just 2 games before being called up again by the Clippers.  The D-Fenders retained his rights and he now returns in hopes of another NBA shot.  Source

  • Texas Legends (D-League) claim Tony Wroten off waivers, trade Andre Dawkins
At just 23 years old and already with 4 years & 145 games of NBA experience, Wroten begins his journey back to the league with the Legends.  After seeing his most successful season in 2014-15 with the 76ers, Wroten lasted just 5 games last year in Philadelphia before being waived.  He was subsequently signed by the Knicks before the end of the year while still injured with an eye toward this season.  New York, however, waived him this summer and Memphis claimed him.  The Grizzlies then let him go as well before re-signing & re-waiving him 2 more times.  Dawkins heads to the Windy City Bulls to make room for Wroten's acquisition.  Undrafted in 2014, Dawkins spent time with both Miami & Boston during his rookie year in which he netted just 22 minutes of NBA game time.  He has since been bouncing around the D-League while also gaining some valuable experience in Italy with Torino last year season before joining the Legends.  He'll now head to Bulls affiliate in hopes of another NBA look.  Source

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