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Knicks Expect Thanasis Antetokounmpo To Be On 15-16 Roster

May 11, 2015 12:17 PM

The New York Knicks have told Thanasis Antetokounmpo's representatives that they project him as being on their 15-man roster next season.

Antetokounmpo is the older brother of Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Antetokounmpo decided to turn down a two-year, $550,000 deal overseas last summer to play for the Knicks’ D-League team, which paid him $25,000.

A conversation with Jackson helped convince Antetokounmpo to choose a future in the NBA over immediate financial gains.

"That was major," Antetokounmpo said.

Agent Tim Lotsos said the Knicks have indicated that they want to sign Antetokounmpo to an NBA contract and give him a spot on the roster.

“There is nothing on paper yet, but those are the intentions,” the agent said.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Tags: Thanasis Antetokounmpo, New York Knicks, Westchester Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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Tim Frazier Named D-League's MVP, Rookie Of The Year

Apr 21, 2015 2:14 PM

Maine Red Claws guard Tim Frazier, currently a member of the Portland Trail Blazers, has been selected as both the 2015 NBA Development League’s Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year, as voted on by the league’s 18 head coaches.

Frazier (6-1, 170, Penn State) played in 41 games for the Red Claws, 40 as a starter, averaging 16.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 9.5 assists, good for second-best in the NBA D-League. Frazier led the NBA D-League with four triple-doubles while also recording 14 double-doubles for Maine. He scored a career-high 34 against the Delaware 87ers on Jan. 3, and led the team in scoring nine times and assists 37 times.

“There’s no question about it, Tim had an MVP-caliber season in Maine this year,” said Malcolm Turner, NBA D-League President. “It takes a special young man to be as consistently dominant as he was this season, and to do it as a rookie is even more impressive. It’s fitting that our coaches recognized his hard work and his talent by selecting him as both the MVP and the Rookie of the Year. We look forward to watching his game continue to mature as his NBA career unfolds.”

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Tags: Tim Frazier, Philadelphia Sixers, Portland Trail Blazers, Maine Red Claws, NBA, D-League, D-League Award, D-League Teams

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Joe Jackson Named D-League's Most Improved Player

Apr 16, 2015 3:24 PM

Bakersfield Jam guard Joe Jackson has been named the 2015 NBA Development League’s Most Improved Player, as voted on by the league’s 18 head coaches. The award honors the player who demonstrated the most significant improvement over the course of the 2014-15 NBA D-League season.

Jackson (6-1, 171, Memphis) played in 38 games for the Jam this season, averaging a team-high 4.8 assists. He began his professional career averaging 6.0 points, 2.0 assists and 10.6 minutes over six games in December before starting in all 10 of the team’s games in March, when he averaged 17.7 points and 7.5 assists.

“Improving is what the NBA Development League is all about and that is just what Joe did this season in Bakersfield – he got better every day,” said Malcolm Turner, NBA D-League President. “He demonstrated an impressive commitment to his craft, seizing opportunities for development in Bakersfield, and we’re so pleased that his hard work paid off.”

Jackson averaged 13.9 points, 4.9 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 24.8 minutes this season, the best of the five rookies on the Jam’s roster. He scored in double figures in 26 of 38 games, including two 30-plus point outings. Additionally, he recorded five double-doubles.

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Tags: Joe Jackson, Bakersfield Jam, D-League, D-League Award, D-League Teams

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Lakers Sign Vander Blue For Remainder Of Season

Apr 13, 2015 8:59 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard Vander Blue for the remainder of the season.

Blue joins the Lakers from the team’s NBA Development League affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders, where he finished second in the D-League in scoring at 23.3 points per game on 47.3% shooting (41.6% from beyond-the-arc), in addition to 5.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game in 49 appearances (47 starts). The 22-year-old was selected as an NBADL All-Star this season, and held the distinction of being the only player to average at least 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists in 2014-15. 

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Tags: Vander Blue, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles D-Fenders, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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Nuggets To Sign Jamaal Franklin For Remainder Of Season

Apr 10, 2015 2:08 PM

The Denver Nuggets are planning to sign D-League L.A. guard Jamaal Franklin for the remainder of the season, league sources tell RealGM.

Franklin was drafted out of San Diego State by the Memphis Grizzlies. 

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Arinze Onuaku Signs With Wolves For Remainder Of Season

Apr 7, 2015 5:38 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves will sign Arinze Onuaku to a hardship-exception contract for the remainder of the season.

The Wolves need another big body to finish the season now that injured Gorgui Dieng stayed home from this West Coast trip and Nikola Pekovic is headed for surgery.

Onuaku averaged 17.5 points and 7.8 rebounds in 41 D League games this season with the Canton Charge.

Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune

Tags: Arinze Onuaku, Minnesota Timberwolves, Canton Charge, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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CJ Fair Named D-League Player Of The Week

Apr 6, 2015 4:04 PM

Fort Wayne Mad Ants forward CJ Fair has been named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, March 30 – Sunday, April 5.  

Fair led the Mad Ants to a 2-0 record last week as the team clinched the Eastern Conference’s fourth seed in the 2015 NBA D-League Playoffs.  For the week, Fair averaged 26.5 points on 62 percent shooting along with 12.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks. 

He scored a season-high 28 points to go with 10 rebounds and three blocks in a 98-91 road win over Sioux Falls on April 3.  The next night, he posted a 25-point, 14-rebound game against the Skyforce at home. 

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Scotty Hopson Named D-League Player Of The Month For March

Apr 1, 2015 5:51 PM

Sioux Falls Skyforce forward Scotty Hopson has been named D-League Player of the Month for the month of March. 

Hopson averaged 22.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists while helping lead the Skyforce to a 9-2 record in March. He shot 58.4% from the field during March, his best field goal shooting percentage in any month this season. During the month, Hopson led the team in scoring on five different occasions.

On the season, Hopson is averaging 19.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 40 games (32 starts) for the Skyforce.

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Suns Sign Jerel McNeal To 10-Day Contract

Apr 1, 2015 3:44 PM

The Phoenix Suns have signed guard Jerel McNeal to a 10-day contract.

McNeal has averaged 18.5 points, 4.6 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.1 steals in 27 games with the Bakersfield Jam this season. The 6-3 guard scored a season-high 40 points on 16-of-23 shooting for the Suns’ NBA Development League affiliate on March 7 at Austin.

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Tim Frazier Signing With Blazers For Remainder Of Season

Mar 30, 2015 5:16 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers will sign Tim Frazier to a contract for the remainder of the season.

Frazier was just named D-League Player of the Week.

The Blazers need depth in the backcourt with Wesley Matthews out for the season.

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Tim Frazier Named D-League Player Of The Week
During the week, Tim Frazier averaged 20.3 points on 48.9 percent shooting (22-for-45), to go along with 7.7 assists, 7.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals.

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Westchester Fires Kevin Whitted As Head Coach
Kevin Whitted and Craig Hodges had tension throughout the season running the triangle offense with the second-worst record in the D-League.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Jazz Purchase Idaho Stampede
The Jazz is the eighth NBA team to own an NBA D-League franchise.

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Jarell Eddie Named D-League Player Of The Week
Jarell Eddie averaged 26.0 points on 65 percent shooting to go with 6.5 rebounds for the week.

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Kings To Sign David Wear To 10-Day Contract
David Wear has played for the Reno Bighorns in the NBA D-League this season.

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Jarvis Threatt Named D-League Player Of The Week
Jarvis Threatt led Rio Grande Valley to a 2-0 week and averaged 25.0 points on 55 percent shooting, to go with 12.5 assists, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals.

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Jack Cooley To Sign 10-Day Contract With Jazz
Jack Cooley is averaging 16.8 points and 12.5 rebounds per game for the Idaho Stampede of the D-League.

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Heat Recall Zoran Dragic From Skyforce
Zoran Dragic appeared in four games for Sioux Falls.

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Raptors Assign Lucas Nogueira To D-League
The Raptors have assigned Lucas Nogueira to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.

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Wizards Plan On Signing Toure' Murry To 10-Day Contract
Toure' Murry signed with the Utah Jazz in the offseason and was waived in January.

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Jordan Crawford Acquired By Fort Wayne In D-League
Jordan Crawford is set to be in action with the Mad Ants on Saturday against Delaware.

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Lakers Plan On Signing Jabari Brown To 10-Day Contract
Jabari Brown currently plays for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

David Stockton Named D-League Player Of The Week
Fresh off a 10-day contract with the Kings, David Stockton led the Bighorns to a 2-1 record last week, averaging 38.7 points and 13.7 assists to go with 6.7 rebounds and 4.3 steals.

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Mavericks Reassign Dwight Powell To D-League
The Mavericks have reassigned Dwight Powell to the Texas Legends.

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Clippers Considering Deal With Andre Emmett
Andre Emmett is a leading candidate for D-League MVP, averaging 22.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

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Bucks To Sign Chris Johnson To 10-Day Contract
Chris Johnson has most recently been with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Zoran Dragic Assigned To Heat's D-League Team
Zoran Dragic has appeared in eight NBA games this season.

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Jerrelle Benimon To Sign 10-Day Contract With Jazz
Jerrelle Benimon has averaged 19.9 points, 10.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 35 games with the Idaho Stampede this season in the D-League.

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Pelicans Sign Elliot Williams To 10-Day Contract
Elliot Williams has averaged 21.8 points, 7.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds in 36.8 minutes per game while being named a NBA D-League All-Star.

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Willie Reed Named D-League Player Of The Week
Willie Reed averaged 29.0 points on 78.8 percent shooting (26-of-33), to go along 13.5 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals.

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