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Colorado 14ers Add Justin Cage and Brandon Dean to Roster

December 5, 2007 - NBA G League (G League) - Colorado 14ers News Release

NEW YORK, Dec. 5, 2007 - The Colorado 14ers today announced the reacquisition of guard Brandon Dean and the acquisition of guard/forward Justin Cage from the available player pool. Dean and Cage are expected to be available when the 14ers travel to Albuquerque to take on the Thunderbirds on Dec. 7.

Cage, a 6-6, 225-pound rookie from Xavier University, spent the 2007-08 preseason in the Chicago Bulls' training camp before being waived just prior to the start of preseason games. A standout at Xavier, Cage averaged 10.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists while shooting .567 from the floor and .750 from the free throw line during the 2005-06 season. That year, Cage led the team to a 25-9 record and the second round of the NCAA Tournament and was named Atlantic-10 All-Defensive Team for the third consecutive year.

A former RimRocker, Dean spent the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons in Arkansas where he averaged 10.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.7 steals in 31.6 minutes over 65 games in two seasons. Dean was a member of the 2007-08 14ers training camp before suffering an injury.

To make room on their roster, the 14ers waived forward Terrance Crawford due to injury and forward Chuck Davis.

The NBA Development League is the NBA's official minor league, and the first-ever basketball league with direct affiliations to NBA teams. Now in its seventh season the D-League's goals are to provide affordable, NBA-caliber entertainment to fans of its 14 teams, as well as continue to develop players, coaches, referees and front-office personnel for the NBA. As the single source for in-season player "call-ups" to the NBA, fans of the D-League enjoy the highest caliber of basketball played outside the NBA. In fact, former D-League players represented 10 percent of NBA players on 2007-08 opening day rosters, numbering 44 in total. In addition, the D-League has produced 25 percent of current NBA referees and 16 current NBA coaches, including head coach Sam Vincent with the Charlotte Bobcats. The D-League is an innovative and rapidly growing sports property that also serves as an experimental testing ground for new initiatives of the NBA and its teams, provides continuing education and professional development resources for its players, and is committed to serving its local communities through D-LEAGUE CARES and grassroots efforts.

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