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Ekpe Udoh, Cartier Martin caught in financial scandal

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It’s a sad story that has touched large parts of college basketball. David Salinas was an investment manager and AAU official in Houston who it turns out was running a ponzi scheme and bilked a number of college coaches — including Billy Gillespie and Lute Olsen — for big money. This could get even messier for some coaches as the investments could be tied to recruiting favors.

When the SEC and NCAA started to investigate, Salinas committed suicide.

Now this story has touched the NBA, reports Sports Illustrated.

Two NBA players, 2010 Warriors lottery pick Ekpe Udoh ($350,000) and former Wizards swingman Cartier Martin ($374,000), were confirmed to be clients by SI.

The money in parenthesis is how much each player invested. Udoh, a lottery pick of the Warriors, played his college ball in Texas (at Baylor) and Martin is a Houston native (he played for the Wizards last season but is now a free agent).

For the NBA guys, it’s lost money (for Martin, who has earned $1.1 million in his NBA career, that’s a big loss). For the college coaches, if they got players for investing with Salinas, the problems could just be starting.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.