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Clippers Send Rookie Guard C.J. Wilcox to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League

In a move that we haven't seen the Clippers make often, they're opting to send a young player to the NBA D-League to help him develop.

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The Clippers have opted to send rookie guard C.J. Wilcox down to the NBA D-League.  After being picked 28th in the draft out of Washington, Wilcox has struggled to find minutes (predictable for a late pick), only appearing in three games for a total of 11 minutes.

The last time the Clippers utilized the NBA's developmental system was in the spring of 2012, when they assigned Travis Leslie to the D-League.

Wilcox, who was a stellar three-point shooter in college, should thrive in the D-League: the (relatively, of course) low talent level normally makes fringe NBA players look like stars.

It's interesting to note that Reggie Bullock, who was in a similar situation last season, was never sent down to the D-League.  Obviously Doc Rivers thinks differently of where Wilcox is now than where Bullock was last January, which is likely a bad sign for Wilcox's chances long-term.

Wilcox will join a Mad Ants roster that has a few recognizable names on it: C.J. Fair, who went undrafted out of Syracuse, and Dahntay Jones, who of course has had a long ten-year NBA career, appearing in almost 600 games.  The only other Mad Ants player on assignment from an NBA team is Glen Rice Jr., who was a second round pick in 2013 and is on assignment from the Wizards.  However, Rice is likely to be released tomorrow, making Wilcox the only NBA assignee on the roster.