D-League Notes: Draft, Rockets, Sampson

We haven’t heard much about veteran Luke Walton this offseason, but earlier today we learned that the former Lakers and Cavs forward isn’t ready to call it a career.  Walton’s looking to figure out his next move and he could join the L.A. D-Fenders in a player development role that will allow him to get practice reps with the squad.  Here’s today’s D-League news..

  • The 2013 NBA D-League draft will be held on November 1st, according to Keith Schlosser of Ridiculous Upside.  If last year’s draft is any indication, several players selected that night will likely receive NBA auditions sooner or later.
  • Nevada Smith, formerly of Keystone College, will coach the Rockets’ D-League team this season, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter).  Former Rocket Ralph Sampson had hoped to get a shot to coach the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, telling Mark Berman of FOX 26 Houston, “I’m disappointed they went in a different direction” (Twitter link).

Luke Adams contributed to this post.

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