Armor acquires players via draft, trade prior to training camp


Nov. 6, 2013
SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Armor selected seven players in the 2013 NBA Development League Draft on Nov. 1 to fill out their training camp roster in advance of the 2013-14 season, then made a trade as the season approaches.

“We are excited about the talent and competition this crop of players will bring to training camp in Springfield,” Brooklyn Nets General Manager of Minor League Operations Milton Lee said. “We drafted seven players tonight that we expect to make our team better on the floor.”

The Armor drafted Marcus Hubbard (6-foot-9, 229 points, Angelo State) with their first selection, the third selection in the third round of the draft, and added six more players on the evening. Hubbard brings both NBA D-League and overseas experience to Springfield.

They also picked up Paul Sturgess, a 7-foot-8, 320-pound center from Mountain State in the third round.

In the fourth round, the Armor selected Joevan Catron a forward from Oregon, and took former Delaware guard Tahj Tate in the fifth round.

Quinn McDowell (G/F, William & Mary), Brian Addison (C, Buffalo) and Bruce Massey (G, Middle Tennessee) rounded out the team’s selections.

The Armor then announced on Nov. 4 a three-team trade that will bring guard Tyshwan Edmondson to Springfield along with a third round pick in the 2014 NBA D-League Draft.

The Armor acquired Edmondson, who was a sixth round pick in last Friday’s NBA D-League Draft, from the Texas Legends and the third round pick in the 2014 draft from the Santa Cruz Warriors.

The Armor sent center Paul Sturgess, a third round pick in the draft, to the Texas Legends. To complete the trade, Texas acquired forward Jeremy Atkinson from Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz received center Dwayne Jones and guard John Allen from Texas.

The Armor will bring 17 players to training camp, which opens Nov. 8.

Included in this year’s camp will be former University of Massachusetts forward Gary Forbes.

The 2013-14 campaign marks the fifth season for the Springfield Armor.

The Armor have been the minor league affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets since their inaugural season of 2009-10, and 2013-14 marks the third season of the “hybrid” affiliation between the two teams.

Under the hybrid model, the Brooklyn Nets have contracted to run the basketball operations for the Springfield Armor, including the hiring and training of the coaching and training staff as well as all player transactions and act as the Armor’s sole NBA partner.




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