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Casey Hill Leaving Santa Cruz Warriors To Seek NBA Assistant Coach Job

May 11, 2017 3:53 AM

Casey Hill and the Santa Cruz Warriors are parting ways.

Hill won a D-League title with Santa Cruz.

Hill is seeking an assistant coach job in the NBA.

Hill is the son of former NBA coach Bob Hill.

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Tags: Santa Cruz Warriors, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

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Wolves Buy Iowa Energy, Become 25th Team To Own D-League Affiliate

May 3, 2017 11:06 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves and the NBA Development League announced the final sale of majority ownership in the Iowa Energy to Glen Taylor.

The Wolves are now one of 25 teams to own or operate an NBA Development League affiliate. 

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FIBA Changes Will Force USA Basketball To Use Non-NBA Players In Qualification

May 2, 2017 12:50 PM

USA Basketball will attempt to qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup using a rotating squad of D-League players. 

FIBA is moving away from tournaments held strictly in the summer.

U.S. rosters for the World Cup itself, as well as the Olympics, will continue to feature NBA stars.

D-Leaguers will be made available while USA Basketball could also recruit Americans playing abroad in leagues that will consent to releasing players for qualifying windows.

The United States will remain a heavy favorite to qualify out of the Americas region even without access to NBA players in qualifying. 

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Tags: NBA, D-League, National

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Vander Blue Named D-League MVP

Apr 24, 2017 5:13 PM

Los Angeles D-Fenders guard Vander Blue has been named the 2016-17 NBA Development League Most Valuable Player in a vote by the league’s 22 head coaches.

In his fourth season in the NBA D-League and his third with the D-Fenders, Blue ranked third in the league in scoring with 24.8 points per game and added 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and a team-high 1.6 steals in 47 games (46 starts).  A two-time NBA D-League Player of the Week this season, Blue helped the Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA D-League affiliate finish tied for the best record in the Western Conference at 34-16.  Los Angeles improved by seven victories from last season and posted the second-most wins in franchise history (38 in 2011-12).

This season, the three-time NBA D-League All-Star cracked the top 10 on the league’s all-time scoring list, finishing the season ranked third with 4,024 points.  

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Tags: Vander Blue, Los Angeles D-Fenders, D-League, D-League Award, D-League Teams

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Jerry Stackhouse Named D-League Coach Of The Year

Apr 19, 2017 1:23 PM

Raptors 905’s Jerry Stackhouse has been named the NBA Development League Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year in a vote by his fellow NBA D-League head coaches.

Stackhouse, in his first season as a head coach, led Raptors 905 (39-11) to its first Central Division title and the top overall seed in the 2017 NBA D-League Playoffs. Raptors 905 opened the season 10-2 and posted winning streaks of 10 games (Jan. 6 – 31) and nine games (Feb. 9 – March 4). The team also set an NBA D-League record with 21 road victories.

Stackhouse was named head coach of Raptors 905 after serving as an assistant coach last season with the Toronto Raptors.

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Edy Tavares Named D-League Defensive Player Of The Year

Apr 18, 2017 4:47 PM

Raptors 905 center Edy Tavares, who received a Call-Up to the Cleveland Cavaliers on April 12, has been named the 2016-17 NBA Development League Defensive Player of the Year by a vote of the league’s 22 head coaches. 
 
Taveras (7-3, 265) appeared in 48 games for Raptors 905 this season, anchoring a defense that held opponents to a league-low 98.0 points per game and 42.8 percent shooting. Raptors 905 allowed 94.5 points per 100 possessions when Tavares was on the court.
 
Taveras tied for the NBA D-League lead with 2.7 blocks per game. On March 25, he recorded an NBA D-League season-high 12 blocks as part of a triple-double that included 15 points and 11 rebounds. He also averaged 10.6 points on 59.1 percent shooting (eighth in the league) and 7.7 rebounds.

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Tags: Edy Tavares, Cleveland Cavaliers, Raptors 905, NBA, D-League, D-League Award, D-League Teams

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Hawks Promote Malik Rose To GM Of Erie BayHawks

Apr 11, 2017 10:51 AM

The Atlanta Hawks have promoted Malik Rose to general manager of the Erie BayHawks of the D-League. The Hawks are taking over the BayHawks next season and will relocate the team to College Park, George in 2019.

Rose will also continue in his role as manager of basketball operations for the Hawks.

Rose has spent the past two seasons in the Hawks’ front office in his current role.

Rose was a 13-year veteran in the NBA and has a Master’s degree in Sports Management.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Erie BayHawks, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

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Suns Sign Elijah Millsap To Multi-Year Contract

Apr 9, 2017 7:35 PM

The Phoenix Suns have signed Elijah Millsap to a multi-year contract. The two-year NBA veteran played with the Northern Arizona Suns this season and was the Suns’ NBA Development League affiliate’s leading scorer.

A 6-6, 215-pound guard, Millsap averaged 4.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 16.4 minutes over 67 games in two seasons with the Utah Jazz from 2014-16. Millsap has six double-digit scoring performances in his NBA career with a high of 17 points versus the L.A. Lakers on Feb. 25, 2015.

The 49th GATORADE Call-Up in the NBA this season, Millsap averaged a team-high 19.7 points in addition to 7.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 50 games (all starts) with the NAZ Suns this season. The 29-year-old led the NAZ Suns with 13 double-doubles and had the highest-scoring game in team history with a career-high 38 points in the season finale at Reno on April 1. This marked Millsap’s sixth NBA D-League season as he also played with Tulsa in 2010-11, Los Angeles from 2011-14 and Bakersfield in 2014-15. A 2012 NBA D-League All-Star, Millsap has averaged 18.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 205 total D-League appearances.

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Tags: Elijah Millsap, Phoenix Suns, Northern Arizona Suns, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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Pelicans To Sign Axel Toupane

Apr 8, 2017 12:29 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans will sign Axel Toupane from Raptors 905 of the D-League.

Toupane previously played for the Milwaukee Bucks this season and appeared in 21 games during the 15-16 season with the Denver Nuggets.

Toupane was averaging 16.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists this season in the D-League.

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Tags: Axel Toupane, New Orleans Pelicans, Raptors 905, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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Larry Sanders Recalled By Cavaliers From D-League

Apr 2, 2017 9:08 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have recalled center Larry Sanders from the Canton Charge.

Sanders has appeared in four games for the Charge this year, averaging 6.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 19.8 minutes per game.

Sanders has also played in two game for the Cavs this year.

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Bucks Sign Gary Payton II To Multi-Year Contract
Gary Payton II averaged 14.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 steals in the D-League this season.

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Magic To Sign Marcus Georges-Hunt
Marcus Georges-Hunt was averaging 15.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists over 45 games in the D-League.

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76ers To Sign Alex Poythress With Injury Exception
Alex Poythress had been playing with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the D-League.

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Livio Jean-Charles Returns To ASVEL
Livio Jean-Charles came to the United States this season but was released by the Spurs in training camp.

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Mavericks To Sign Jarrod Uthoff For Remainder Of Season
Both Jarrod Uthoff and Manny Harris were on 10-day contracts with the Mavericks.

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Jabari Brown Named D-League Player Of The Week
Jabari Brown led Santa Cruz to a 3-0 week, averaging 25.7 points (sixth in the league), 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists.

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Cavaliers Assign Larry Sanders To D-League
Larry Sanders has appeared in two games for the Cavs and one for the Charge since signing with the Cavs on March 13th.

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Tiago Splitter Assigned To D-League For Rehab
The assignment is the next step in Tiago Splitter's return to play protocol and will begin his participation in a full practice with the 87ers.

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Pascal Siakam Named D-League Player Of The week
Pascal Siakam averaged 18.0 points (on 56.4 percent shooting), 8.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.3 blocked shots.

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Rockets Sign Troy Williams For Remainder Of Season
Troy Williams has been with the Rockets' NBA Development League affiliate since he was signed March 9.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Pelicans Sign Quinn Cook To 10-Day Contract
Quinn Cook has appeared in 39 games this D-League while averaging 26.0 points, 6.6 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 38.6 minutes.

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Cavaliers Assign Larry Sanders To D-League
Larry Sanders was signed on March 13th and has appeared in one game for the Cavs this season.

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Archie Goodwin To Sign 10-Day Contract With Nets
Archie Goodwin averaged 17.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 32.7 minutes over 34 games with Greensboro.

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Phil Pressey Named D-League Player Of The Week
Phil Pressey averaged 24.3 points (on 51.9 percent shooting), 8.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 1.0 blocks.

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Mavericks To Sign Jarrod Uthoff To 10-Day Contract
Jarrod Uthoff has been playing for Fort Wayne in the D-League.

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Pelicans To Sign Wayne Selden To 10-Day Contract
Wayne Selden has averaged 18.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 31.1 minutes per game this season in the D-League with Iowa.

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Kay Felder Named D-League Player Of The Week
Kay Felder averaged 30.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 2.3 steals over three games.

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76ers To Sign Shawn Long To 10-Day Contract
Shawn Long is averaging 20.2 points, 11.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 blocks in 29.5 minutes per game this season in the D-League with the Delaware 87ers.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Abdel Nader Hoping To Make Celtics' 17-18 Roster After Strong D-League Season
Forwards James Young, Gerald Green, and Jonas Jerebko will be free agents this summer, opening the door for Abdel Nader to make a bid at a roster spot.

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Pelicans Assign Cheick Diallo To D-League
Cheick Diallo most recently appeared in seven contests for the Swarm, averaging 16.3 points on .500 shooting from the floor, 10.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 31.0 minutes per game.

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