Jam Adds Mateen Cleaves, Brandon Armstrong
Bakersfield, Calif., Feb. 8, 2007 --The Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League has acquired veteran guards Mateen Cleaves and Brandon Armstrong and waived guard Andre McCollum. Swingman Dion Glover has also left the team.
Cleaves (6-2, 205) was the 14th overall selection in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons out of Michigan State. He has had two previous stints in the D-League, playing 53 games with Huntsville (2003-04) and Fayetteville (05-06) and averaging 14.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 6.1 assists in 30.1 minutes. He was taken in the 6th round (31st overall) of the 2003 D-League Draft.
Twice named the Big 10 Conference Player of the Year and a three-time Associated Press All-America selection, Cleaves is the all-time leading assist man in Michigan State history with 816. He has played in 167 NBA games with Detroit, Sacramento, Cleveland and Seattle, averaging 3.6 points, 1.0 rebound and 1.9 assists. He most recently played in Russia
An early entry from Pepperdine who was taken with the 23rd overall selection by the Houston Rockets in the 2001 NBA Draft, Armstrong (6-5, 185) was taken in the third round (29th overall) of the 2006 D-League Draft by the Dakota Wizards after playing three seasons (2001-04) in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets and splitting the 2005-06 season between the Italian and Spanish LEB leagues. In 108 NBA games he averaged 2.2 points and 0.6 rebounds. He played in 14 games for Dakota before being released on Jan. 20, averaging 8.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 20.6 minutes per game.
Both Cleaves and Armstrong are expected to be in uniform when the Jam (7-21) visits Anaheim (14-16) on Friday.