T-Birds, D-Fenders, Skyforce Make Roster Moves

GREENVILLE, S.C. Three NBA Development League teams made roster moves, bringing in veteran players on Wednesday as the home stretch of the 2006-07 season draws near.

The Albuquerque Thunderbirds acquired guard Julius Hodge (6-7, 210) to fill the roster spot vacated when forward Dijon Thompson left the team. The 20th overall selection in the 2005 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets, Hodge played his college basketball at North Carolina State. He was assigned by the Nuggets to the Austin Toros during the 2005-06 season and then to the Colorado 14ers this season. Hodge was traded by the Nuggets to Milwaukee on January 11 and was released by the Bucks on February 7. He was picked up by the Idaho Stampede on February 21 and released on March 10. In 11 D-League appearances this season, Hodge has averaged 21.5 minutes, 12.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game.

The Los Angeles D-Fenders acquired center Babacar Camara (6-11, 250) and waived guard John Gilchrist. A native of Senegal, Camara played collegiately at Cal State Fullerton and has spent the last two years in China playing for the Jilin Northeast Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association, where he was second in the league in rebounding with 13.6 per game this season. Camara has also played for the Senegalese National Team.

The Sioux Falls Skyforce acquired forward Antonio Meeking (6-8, 245). A Louisiana Tech product, Meeking was selected in the second round (9th overall) of the 2003 NBA D-League draft by the Asheville Altitude. He played in 69 games over two seasons with the Altitude, averaging 26.5 minutes, 13.9 points and 6.2 rebounds. Meeking participated in the Charlotte Bobcats 2005 training camp before playing in Germany for Deutsche Bank Skyliners and then in Israel for Gilboa/Afula/Migdal Haemek this season. He was part of championship teams with the Altitude and in the Adriatic League.