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Kings Purchase Controlling Interest In D-League's Bighorns

Oct 20, 2016 1:29 PM

The NBA Development League and the Sacramento Kings have announced that the team has acquired a controlling interest in the NBA D-League’s Reno Bighorns. With the purchase, the Kings become the 15th NBA team to own and operate its NBA D-League affiliate. 

“With today’s purchase, half of NBA teams now own and operate their NBA D-League affiliate an important milestone that proves how essential developing top young NBA talent has become,” said NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner.  “I’m thrilled to welcome Vivek Ranadivé and the Sacramento Kings’ ownership group to the NBA D-League family and want to thank Herb Santos for his integral role in Bighorns basketball.”  

Longstanding partners, the Bighorns and Kings have been affiliated since the 2008-09 season, Reno’s inaugural NBA D-League campaign. Prior to the 2013-14 season, the teams entered into a single-affiliation partnership, with the NBA franchise managing basketball operations for the NBA D-League club. With today’s purchase, the Kings will now assume all business operations of the Bighorns. 

“We’re excited to deepen our relationship with the Bighorns and the Reno/Tahoe community,” said Kings owner and chairman Vivek Ranadivé. “This is an incredible opportunity to develop players, front-office staff and future business executives for the Sacramento Kings, while simultaneously contributing meaningfully to the Reno entertainment, commercial and non-profit ecosystem.”

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P.J. Hairston Signs Camp Deal With Rockets

Sep 29, 2016 6:00 PM

P.J. Hairston has agreed to a training camp deal with the Houston Rockets.

Houston will have Hairston's D-League rights if he does not make their regular season roster.

Hairston played 66 games last season with the Charlotte Hornets and Memphis Grizzlies.

Hairston was a first round pick out of North Carolina in 2014.

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Nevada Smith Named Head Coach Of Sioux Falls

Sep 21, 2016 1:23 PM

Nevada Smith has been named head coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

“We are excited to welcome Nevada back to the Development League in his role as head coach of the Skyforce,” said Skyforce General Manager Adam Simon. “His passion for coaching and his history of developing players make him a great addition to our organization. We look forward to Nevada applying the Heat culture to our developmental program in Sioux Falls.”

Smith formerly served as the head coach for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, where he led the team to an overall record of 57-43 in two seasons spanning from 2013-15. Before coaching the Vipers, Smith spent two seasons as the head coach of the Keystone College Giants in Le Plume, Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining Keystone College, Smith had previously compiled nine years of collegiate coaching experience at Ithaca College, Allegheny College, Canton, and St. Lawrence University dating back to the 2002-03 season.

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Thunder Renounce Rights To Tomislav Zubic

Sep 19, 2016 11:57 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have renounced their rights to Tomislav Zubcic.

In June 2015, Zubcic was acquired along with a $2.85 million trade exception by the Thunder from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Luke Ridnour and cash. The aforementioned deal helped the Thunder create roster space for Cameron Payne, who was drafted that same month in 2015.

Zubcic played 36 games for the D-League Oklahoma City Blue last season, averaging 7.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 19.8 minutes per game.

Zubic is now eligible to be signed by any team, but if he isn’t signed, he could wind up back with the Blue to start the 2016-17 season. The Blue still retains Zubcic's returning rights in the D-League.


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Bighorns Acquire Ronald Roberts From Raptors 905 For Brady Heslip, 2nd Rounder

Sep 15, 2016 1:33 PM

The Reno Bighorns have acquired Ronald Roberts from the Raptors 905 in exchange for Brady Heslip and a second round pick.

Roberts averaged 18.1 points and 12.1 rebounds in 33.2 minutes per game last season with the 905.

Heslip, a native of Burlington, Ontario and a member of the Canadian Men’s Senior National Team, spent the 2015-16 season with Acqua Vitasnella Cantu (Serie-A) in Italy, averaging 12.7 points and shooting .455 from three-point range in 29 games. He averaged 13.0 points and 1.2 rebounds for Canada at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto and averaging 10.7 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists at the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico City. Heslip was selected 11th overall by Reno in the 2014 NBA D-League Draft and averaged 24.5 points in 20 games with the Bighorns. 

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Jazz Sign Quincy Ford To Partially Guaranteed Deal

Sep 7, 2016 7:16 PM

The Utah Jazz have signed Quincy Ford to a partially guaranteed deal.

Ford, a 6-foot-8 small forward out of Northeastern, will attend training camp with a $75,000 guarantee, and is expected to be on the Salt Lake City Stars roster, Utah's D-League affiliate.

The Jazz like Ford's versatility ability to play multiple positions and his positional size. 

Ford went undrafted out of Northeastern, but impressed several teams including the Jazz.

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Ra'Shad James Agrees To Sign With Cedevita Zagreb

Aug 28, 2016 1:39 PM

Ra'Shad James has agreed to sign with Cedevita Zagreb.

James played last season in the D-League for the Westchester Knicks, averaging 16.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 27.7 minutes per game.

James averaged 14.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 20.7 minutes over five Summer League games with the Bucks.

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Abdel Nader Agrees To Deal With Red Claws

Aug 22, 2016 4:28 PM

Abdel Nader has committed to signing a contract in the D-League with the Maine Red Claws.

Nader received significant offers in Europe as well.

Nader played for the Celtics in Summer League after he was the 58th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft out of Iowa State.

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Coby Karl Hired By D-Fenders As Head Coach

Aug 18, 2016 1:22 PM

Coby Karl has been hired by the Los Angeles D-Fenders as head coach.

Karl previously was an assistant coach of the Westchester Knicks.

Karl is the son of George Karl and played intermittently in the NBA.

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Reno Bighorns Holding Open Tryouts In Late August

Aug 15, 2016 9:33 PM

The Reno Bighorns will hold open tryouts in Reno on Saturday, Aug. 27 and in Sacramento on Sunday, Aug. 28.

Players will compete to earn an invitation to the Bighorns' training camp in early November.

Members of the Bighorns and Sacramento Kings' staff will be in attendance to evaluate players.

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Raptors 905 Holding Open Tryout
The tryout will be September 10th at Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport on the west side of the University of Toronto St. George campus, 100 Devonshire Place.

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Baron Davis Still Pursuing NBA Comeback
Baron Davis hasn't played in the NBA for four seasons after suffering a torn ACL and MCL with the Knicks.

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Trevor Cooney Agrees To Deal With Nets' D-League Team
Trevor Cooney went undrafted out of Syracuse after averaging 13.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 36.4 minutes per game as a senior.

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Rasheed Sulaimon Agrees To Camp Deal Hornets
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Jerry Stackhouse Expected To Be Named Head Coach Of Raptors 905
Jerry Stackhouse was an assistant coach under Dwane Casey this past season with the Raptors.

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D-League Increases Salaries For 16-17 Season
D-League call ups made nearly $5 million in salary last season so the chance for a payoff is present.

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Keith Appling Arrested For Bringing AK-47 To Strip Club
Keith Appling played for the Erie BayHawks in the D-League this past season.

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Stokes, Blue, Stepheson Headline 2016 D-League First Team
Jarnell Stokes is joined by Erick Green (Reno Bighorns), Vander Blue (Los Angeles D-Fenders), Alex Stepheson and Jeff Ayres.

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Axel Toupane Named D-League's Most Improved Player
Axel Toupane played in 32 games for Raptors 905 this season, averaging 14.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.0 steals.

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Jarnell Stokes Named D-League MVP
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Damon Jones Joins Cavs' Coaching Staff For Playoffs
Damon Jones is currently an assistant with the Canton Charge of the D-League.

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DeAndre Liggins Named D-League Defensive Player Of The Year
This is the second such honor for DeAndre Liggins, who also earned the award in 2013-14 with Sioux Falls.

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Suns Purchase Bakersfield Jam, Will Relocate Team To Arizona
The Bakersfield Jam has served as the Suns' single-affiliate NBA D-League team the past two seasons.

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Quinn Cook Named D-League Rookie Of The Year
Quinn Cook led the Charge to a 31-19 season by averaging team highs of 19.6 points and 5.4 assists to go with 3.9 rebounds in 43 games.

Briante Weber To Sign Three-Year Deal With Heat
For the D-League season, Briante Weber averaged 10.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.

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Jarnell Stokes Named D-League Player Of The Month
Jarnell Stokes averaged 20.8 points on 65.5 percent shooting to go with 8.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals.

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Will Cumming Named D-League Player Of The Week
Will Cummings led Rio Grande Valley to a 3-0 week, averaging 22.7 points on 52.4 percent shooting to go with 5.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.7 steals.

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Idaho Stampede Relocating To Salt Lake City
The Salt Lake City Stars will play their home games at Salt Lake Community College.

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Montrezl Harrell Suspended Five Games For Shoving Referee
Montrezl Harrell was on a D-League assignment by the Rockets.

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D.J. Stephens Named D-League Player Of The Week
D.J. Stephens led Iowa to a 3-0 week, averaging 24.7 points on 61.4 percent shooting to go with 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals.

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