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Agents Feel Two-Way Contracts Will Favor Teams More Than Players

Feb 16, 2017 1:41 PM

The NBA's new collective bargaining agreement includes a two-way contract for teams to sign players to shuffle between their team and the D-League.

The maximum amount an NBA team can give a two-way contract player is $75,000 guaranteed and up to $250,000 if he spends 30 days on a NBA roster. Nearly every player drafted in the second round last year received more money.

Some agents feel two-way contracts favor teams far more so than players.

Teams can sign a player's rights for $75,000 whereas a player could opt for a $26,000 D-League contract that allows him to be signed by all 30 teams. A 10-day contract in the new CBA will be worth close to $50,000.

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D-League To Be Renamed NBA G-League As Part Of Gatorade Sponsorship

Feb 14, 2017 10:50 AM

Beginning with the 2017-18 season, the NBA Development League (NBA D-League) will be renamed the NBA Gatorade League (NBA G-League) as part of a multiyear expanded partnership announced today by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Gatorade. This marks the first time a U.S. professional sports league has named an entitlement partner.

As part of the partnership, the NBA and Gatorade unveiled a new NBA G-League logo that will be featured across all game balls, team jerseys, oncourt signage, and league digital assets. Additionally, Gatorade will incubate its latest product and equipment innovations into NBA G-League locker rooms, and teams will have the opportunity to collaborate with Gatorade to help players maximize their athletic potential and oncourt performance.

Through the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI), the sports fuel company will collaborate with the NBA G-League on programs to enhance player sports performance and recovery. Since 1985, GSSI has helped athletes optimize their sports performance and well-being through research, education, innovation and providing high-caliber sports nutrition science services. GSSI scientists will partner with the NBA G-League on player nutrition and training programs, incorporating the newest technology and innovations in Gatorade testing, product and equipment.

Founded as a league to develop NBA talent, the NBA D-League has become an integral part of the NBA family, with 40 percent of current NBA players having spent time in the NBA D-League and four current NBA head coaches starting as coaches on NBA D-League benches. The league has tripled in size from eight teams during the inaugural 2001-02 season to a record 25 teams for the 2017-18 campaign.

“As one of the most iconic brands in the world and a founding partner of the NBA Development League, Gatorade is an ideal fit for this first-of-its-kind partnership,” said Mark Tatum, NBA Deputy Commissioner and COO.  “The NBA D-League has prepared hundreds of players for the NBA and Gatorade has always been focused on fueling players to perform at the highest level.  We look forward to collaborating with the renowned GSSI team to enhance player development and our game.”

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Josh Magette Named D-League Players Of The Week

Feb 13, 2017 5:19 PM

Josh Magette of the Los Angeles D-Fenders was named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Feb. 6, through Sunday, Feb 12.

Magette (6-1, Alabama-Huntsville) led Los Angeles to a 3-1 week, averaging 24.0 points, 8.3 assists and 6.8 rebounds. On Feb. 6, he notched a double-double with 24 points and 11 assists to go with six rebounds and three steals in a 138-129 victory over the Salt Lake City Stars. 

Magette is averaging 16.1 points, a league-leading 9.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds on the season.

Other top performers considered included Canton’s Quinn Cook, Delaware’s Shawn Long, Northern Arizona’s Elijah Millsap, Oklahoma City’s Reggie Williams, Raptors 905’s Brady Heslip, Rio Grande Valley’s Darius Morris, Sioux Falls’ Keith Benson, Texas’ Manny Harris and Jameel Warney, Westchester’s John Jenkins and Windy City’s Jarell Eddie.

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D-Fenders Acquire DeJuan Blair From Legends

Feb 11, 2017 7:42 PM

The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired center DeJuan Blair from the Texas Legends in exchange for a 2017 fourth round draft pick.

A veteran of 424 career NBA games, the 6-foot-7 Blair has career averages of 6.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game with San Antonio, Dallas and Washington. Meanwhile, he has averaged 10.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 16.2 minutes through six games with the Texas Legends this season, his first in the NBA D-League. 

Blair, a former standout at the University of Pittsburgh, was a consensus First-Team All-American and co-Big East Player of the Year in 2009. He averaged 13.6 points and 10.7 rebounds in two seasons at Pitt before being selected by the Spurs with the 37th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

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Heat Sign Marcus Georges-Hunt To 10-Day Contract

Feb 8, 2017 8:26 PM

The Miami Heat have signed guard Marcus Georges-Hunt to a 10-day contract. 

Georges-Hunt, a 2017 NBA Development League All-Star, has appeared in 32 games (27 starts) with the Maine Red Claws this season averaging 16.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.03 steals and 36.7 minutes while shooting 46.6 percent from the field, 39.7 percent from three-point range and 86.1 percent from the foul line. He leads the NBA D-League in minutes (1,176) and among team leaders he ranks first in assists (133), second in rebounds (184), steals (32) and free throws made (118) and third in points (524) and field goals made (177).

Georges-Hunt was originally signed by the Boston Celtics on August 17 after going undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft. 

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87ers Acquire Nate Robinson

Feb 8, 2017 8:03 PM

The Delaware 87ers have acquired Nate Robinson.

Robinson (5-9, 180) won NBA Slam Dunk Contests in 2006, 2009 and 2010. He has 618 NBA games on his resume, with career averages of 11 points, two rebounds, three assists and one steal per game across ten seasons with New York, Chicago, Boston, Denver, Golden State, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City and New Orleans.

He most recently played in 2015-16 for Hapoel Tel Aviv of the Israeli Basketball Premier League, where he averaged 16 points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals per game. Robinson led the club to the playoffs, where he scored 46 points in a quarter finals matchup, which set a record for most points in a post-season game since 1985.

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Bucks To Own D-League Team In Oshkosh For 17-18 Season

Feb 7, 2017 7:52 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks will own and operate an NBA Development League franchise in Oshkosh beginning for the 2017-’18 season.

A 3,500-seat arena is being built in Oshkosh and is expected to be ready in time for next season.

The Bucks also considered bids from Sheboygan and Racine.

Milwaukee joins a trend of NBA franchises owning affiliate D-League clubs. The Bucks will become the 20th NBA team to own and operate an affiliate, and the Oshkosh team will be the 25th D-League entry

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Dakari Johnson Named D-League Player Of The Week

Feb 6, 2017 6:14 PM

Dakari Johnson of the Oklahoma City Blue has been named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Jan. 30, through Sunday, Feb 5.

Johnson (7-0, Kentucky) led Oklahoma City to a 2-1 week, averaging 24.3 points on 60.9 percent shooting to go with 10.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists. On Jan. 31, he notched a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds in a 120-115 overtime victory over the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Johnson scored the first four points of overtime to help secure the win, which moved Oklahoma City into first place in the Southwest Division. On Feb. 4, he logged his 10th double-double of the season with 26 points and 13 rebounds in a 106-86 win over the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

Johnson is averaging 18.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steals on the season. This is the second Performer of the Week award for Johnson, who was the 48th pick in NBA Draft 2015 presented by State Farm.

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Warriors Sign Briante Weber To 10-Day Contrat

Feb 4, 2017 8:11 PM

The Golden State Warriors have signed guard Brianté Weber to a 10-day contract.

Weber, 24, has appeared in 31 games (all starts) with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League this season, averaging 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists (fourth in the D-League) and 3.26 steals (first) in 36.8 minutes. The Virginia Commonwealth University product was recently named the NBA D-League Player of the Month for games played in January, averaging 21.5 points and 8.3 assists in 11 games last month and finishing one steal shy of tallying the first quadruple-double in D-League history with 18 points, a career-high-tying 12 assists, 11 rebounds and an NBA D-League season-high nine steals on Jan. 31 vs. Oklahoma City.

The 6’2”, 165-pound guard, who was not selected in the 2015 NBA Draft, has appeared in seven career NBA games (four starts), averaging 4.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.29 steals in 24.1 minutes over six games with the Grizzlies and one game with the Heat last season. Weber also appeared in two postseason games with the Heat, logging six minutes of action during Miami’s First Round matchup with Charlotte in the 2016 NBA Playoffs. 

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Warriors Waive Anderson Varejao To Sign Briante Weber To 10-Day Deal

Feb 3, 2017 3:31 PM

The Golden State Warriors have waived Anderson Varejao to sign Briante Weber to a 10-day ontract.

Golden State made the move to bring in another athletic, versatile guard.

Weber, 24, was the NBA Development League’s Player of the Month for January, averaging 21 points, eight assists, six rebounds and 3.6 steals for Sioux Falls.

Varejao has played sparingly for the Warriors after joining the team last season.

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Nate Robinson Signs D-League Contract In Hopes Of NBA Return
Nate Robinson has been vocal for several weeks about wanting to return to the NBA.

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Hornets To Sign Ray McCallum To 10-Day Contract
Ray McCallum has averaged 18.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.4 assists in 37.9 minutes per game in 30 appearances this season for the Grand Rapids Drive of the D-League.

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Hornets To Sign Mike Tobey To 10-Day Contract
Mike Tobey is averaging 11.0 points and 8.9 rebounds in 26.0 minutes per game this season for the Greensboro Swarm of the D-League.

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Briante Weber Named D-League Player Of The Month For January
Briante Weber led Sioux Falls to a 6-5 record behind averages of 21.5 points, 8.3 assists, 6.6 rebounds and 3.6 steals.

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Vander Blue Named D-League Player Of The Week
Vander Blue led Los Angeles to a 2-0 week, averaging 32.5 points (second in the league) on 45.0 percent shooting to go with 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals.

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Pelicans Assign Cheick Diallo To D-League
This will be Cheick Diallo's fourth D-League assignment.

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Hawks Sign Lamar Patterson To 10-Day Contract
Lamar Patterson is ranked fourth in the D-League in scoring, 12th in assists and tied for 12th in steals.

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Nuggets To Sign Johnny O'Bryant To 10-Day Contract
Johnny O'Bryant has been playing for the Northern Arizona Suns of the D-League.

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Grizzlies To Own D-League Team In Mississippi

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Abdel Nader Named D-League Player Of The Week
Abdel Nader led Maine to a 2-0 week, averaging 26.0 points (eighth in the league) on 48.6 percent shooting to go with 6.5 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.0 steal.

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Wolves To Purchase Iowa Energy Of D-League
Minnesota would become the 18th NBA team to own and operate an NBA D-League affiliate.

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Magic Sign Anthony Brown To 10-Day Contract
Anthony Brown has played and started in 16 games this season with the Erie BayHawks of the D-League, averaging 21.6 ppg., 5.1 rpg., 3.4 apg. and 1.00 stlpg. in 39.2 minpg

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DeJuan Blair Signs With Texas Legends
DeJuan Blair previously played this season in China, averaging 24.1 points and 13.6 rebounds.

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Heat Sign Okaro White To 10-Day Contract
Okaro White has appeared in 23 games for Miami's NBA Development League affiliate this season averaging 18.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.09 steals and 33.0 minutes.

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Pacers Assign Rakeem Christmas, Joe Young To D-League
Joe Young has appeared in 20 games, averaging 2.7 points in 5.4 minutes.

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Heat To Sign Okaro White With Disabled Player Exception
Okaro White has averaged 18.4 points and 8.7 rebounds in 33.0 minutes over 23 games in the D-League this season.

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Cavs Assign Kay Felder To D-League
Kay Felder has appeared in 22 games for the Cavs this season, averaging 5.1 points in 10.6 minutes per game.

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Thunder Assign Semaj Christon To D-League
In 36 games with the Thunder this season, Semaj Christon is averaging 3.2 points and 1.4 assists in 15.4 minutes.

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Cheick Diallo Assigned By Pelicans To D-League
Cheick Diallo has appeared in nine games on assignment with the D-League's Austin Spurs, averaging 12.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 23.3 minutes per contest.

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Shawn Long Named D-League Player Of The Week
Shawn Long led Delaware to a 3-1 week, averaging 24.5 points on 53.5 percent shooting to go with a league-leading 13.5 rebounds.

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