Vipers acquire Kennedy and Singletary from Erie

March 5, 2013

MCALLEN, Texas – The NBA Development League Rio Grande Valley Vipers today announced that they have acquired DJ Kennedy and Mike Singletary from the Erie BayHawks in exchange for Terrel Harris, the rights to Mustafa Shakur, and Wesley Witherspoon.

Kennedy, a 6’6” guard/forward, was signed by the BayHawks as an open tryout participant. During the 2011-12 season, Kennedy averaged 15.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game as a rookie. Following the completion of the BayHawks season, he was signed by the Cleveland Cavaliers where he participated in two games. After the 2012-13 NBA season, Kennedy was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies and was released during training camp. Kennedy attended St. John’s University where he averaged 10.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game during his senior season with the Red Storm. Kennedy also shot 36.4% from three and 45.6% from the field during his senior campaign.

Singletary returns to the RGV after a previous trade earlier this season. He was the Vipers’ second pick of the third round of the 2012 NBA Development League Draft, Singletary, is a 6-6, 220 lb. forward from Texas Tech. The veteran played four seasons for the Red Raiders from 2007-2011, where he averaged 12.02 ppg. Singletary spent part of last season with the American Basketball Association’s South Carolina Warriors, and also spent time playing with several teams throughout Europe.

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