Vipers acquire Daniels from Santa Cruz



March 8, 2013

MCALLEN, Texas – The NBA Development League Rio Grande Valley Vipers today announced that they have acquired Chris Daniels from the Santa Cruz Warriors in exchange for Scott Machado. RGV also receives Santa Cruz's original second round pick in the 2013 NBA D-League Draft.

Daniels, a 7’0” center, was the 9th pick overall in the 2011 NBA Development League Draft. Santa Cruz acquired Daniels prior to the start of the season through a trade with the Erie BayHawks.

Daniels comes to the Rio Grande Valley from Qingdao of the Chinese Basketball League. While in China this season, Daniels averaged 28.6 points and 11.3 rebounds in 24 games, and played alongside former Houston Rocket Tracy McGrady. Daniels scored a season high 42 points on Jan. 20 versus JianJin.

In three games for the Warriors this season, Daniels averaged 7 points and 5.7 rebounds. He previously played four seasons in South Korea where he won two championships. Last season, Daniels was a member of the 2012 NBA D-League Showcase Second Team and a member of the 2012 NBA D-League Select Team, which competed in the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Daniels is no stranger to South Texas. He played college basketball for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and was named the 2007 Southland Conference Player of the Year.

Daniels will join the Vipers when they travel to Reno Sunday, March 10 for a 5 p.m. CT contest. Fans can listen to Vipers games live on Fox Sports 1700 and can watch the games live on the NBA Development League Network on YouTube.

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers are the NBA Development League affiliate of the NBA Houston Rockets. The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league. Featuring 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the NBA D-League is a proven developer of talent: 23 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2010-11 season boasted NBA D-League experience, and the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the league’s 10th season, fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA FUTURECAST, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.