Tulsa, Okla., December 18, 2009 – The Tulsa 66ers announced today that the team has acquired forward Deron (Der-ON) Washington from the Los Angeles D-Fenders in exchange for forward Keith Clark.
Washington (6-7, 215) was drafted third overall by the D-Fenders in the 2009 NBA Development League Draft. Through eight games in the 2009-10 season, Washington has averaged 9.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per contest.
He spent this past summer with the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Originally selected in the second round (59th overall) by the Pistons in the 2008 NBA Draft, the Virginia Tech University product played in Israel during the 2008-09 season, where he averaged 14.8 points and seven rebounds per game en route to winning an Israeli Cup.
The New Orleans native averaged career-bests of 13.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game during his senior season.
To make room on the roster, the 66ers released center DeVon Hardin due to an injury. Hardin will remain in Tulsa for further evaluations by team physicians. Washington will wear jersey number 41.