Idaho Stampede acquire three players for stretch run

February 26, 2014 

The Idaho Stampede, which currently hold the eighth and final spot in the NBA Development League playoff race, acquired three players on Wednesday in three different trades with D-League teams.

The Stampede traded a second-round pick in the 2014 Draft to Erie for forward CJ Leslie, a former North Carolina State star. Leslie (6-foot-9, 209 pounds) averaged 13.3 points and 5.9 rebounds in 34 games with Erie.

The Stampede traded a fourth-round pick in the 2014 Draft to Fort Wayne for forward Darnell Lazare. Lazare (6-8, 240) averaged 5.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in 20 games with Fort Wayne. Lazare played his college basketball at LSU.

The Stampede traded the rights to Justin Holiday to Santa Cruz for guard Scott Machado. In 13 games with Santa Cruz, Machado (6-2, 206) averaged 9.6 points and 3.2 assists per game. He has played in the NBA during the 2012-13 season for the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors.

All three players are expected to be available for Idaho's game against Santa Cruz on Friday at CenturyLink Arena.

Idaho (20-15) is battling with several teams for the final playoff spots in the D-League. The Stampede lost leading scorer Pierre Jackson last week when Jackson signed a contract to play in Turkey.

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