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Posted on Wed, Nov 24, 2010 : 9:50 a.m.

Former Michigan forward DeShawn Sims heads to the D-League

By Michael Rothstein

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DeShawn Sims

DeShawn Sims returned from Greece earlier this month looking for a different route to his basketball career.

Now, the former Michigan forward has found a new home.

The 6-foot-8 Sims tweeted on Tuesday that he was on the way to Maine to play for the NBA Developmental League team.

"Headed to Maine people," Sims tweeted. "Come visit!"

The Maine Red Claws currently have five forwards, including former Oklahoma star Tiny Gallon and former Syracuse standout Paul Harris. Sims will also see a familiar face when he arrives as former Minnesota guard Lawrence Westbrook was selected by Maine in the third round this year.

Maine, currently 1-1, plays at Springfield, Mass. on Friday and Saturday. The Red Claws travel to Fort Wayne, Ind. - the closest D-League team to Ann Arbor - on Jan. 1 and 2. The Red Claws are coached by Austin Ainge, the son of former NBA player Danny Ainge.

Sims went undrafted in June's NBA Draft but played well enough for Boston in the NBA Summer League that he earned at training camp invite. Instead of going to camp with the Celtics, Sims took a contract with PAOK Thessaloniki, a Greek squad.

Sims, who averaged 16.8 points and 7.6 rebounds last year, left Greece earlier this month. He did not immediately return a text message seeking further comment about his move to the D-League.

He did say before the Gardner-Webb game Sunday, though, that he was headed to the NBA's minor league.

He won't be the only former Michigan player in the D-League. Courtney Sims returned to the D-League this year, playing with Iowa.

Michael Rothstein covers University of Michigan basketball for He can be reached at (734) 623-2558, by e-mail at or follow along on Twitter @mikerothstein