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Raptors 905 Hire Tim Lewis, Nathaniel Mitchell, David Gale As Assistant Coaches

Sep 16, 2015 3:04 PM

Raptors 905, the NBA Development League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors, has hired Tim Lewis, Nathaniel Mitchell and David Gale as assistant coaches on head coach Jesse Mermuys’ staff.

“This is an exciting time for Raptors 905 and all three coaches are eager to be part of building this program,” said Mermuys. “The staff we have assembled are proven professionals and committed to doing the right things each day to make Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Area proud.”

Lewis joins Raptors 905 after one season as an assistant coach with the Bakersfield Jam (NBA D-League), which finished second in the Western Conference with a 34-16 record. A native of Great Britain, Lewis has international coaching stops in Spain (Gran Canaria), Japan (Hitachi Sunrockers) and Germany (Ratiopharm Ulm). He spent six years as an assistant coach and performance analyst for the British Senior Men’s Olympic program and served as head coach of Great Britain’s U-20 National Basketball Team.

Mitchell joins Raptors 905 following one season with the Maine Red Claws (NBA D-League). A native of Toronto, Mitchell, along with Red Claws head coach Scott Morrison, of Prince Edward Island, guided Maine to a 35-15 mark, which tied Santa Cruz for the best regular-season record in the League.

Gale has been part of the Raptors organization since 2011 in the role of assistant video coordinator. The Sherman Oaks, California native assisted the Raptors coaching staff with defensive game-plans and identifying opponent play calls from the bench past two seasons. During the summers Gale was based in Los Angeles and helped organize workouts for DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross and Bruno Caboclo.

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Pacers Acquire Fort Wayne May Ants Of D-League

Sep 9, 2015 1:39 PM

Pacers Sports & Entertainment, the parent organization of the Indiana Pacers, has acquired the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the National Basketball Association’s Development League.

Terms of the purchase were not disclosed. With the acquisition, the Mad Ants become the 10th D-League team to be wholly owned by an NBA franchise and now all 19 D-League teams are singly-affiliated with NBA franchises.

“We are proud to extend the Pacers brand into Northeast Indiana and excited about continuing the tradition of professional basketball in Fort Wayne,” said Pacers Sports & Entertainment owner Herb Simon. “We will work closely with the Mad Ants staff to provide support and expertise on both the business and basketball sides and we hope to build on their enthusiastic fan base.”

The Mad Ants were previously owned by the Fort Wayne Basketball Group, LLC, which was led by majority investors John Zeglis, Julie Potter, and Jeff Potter. Jeff Potter, former president of the Mad Ants, will continue with the team as its president of business operations.

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Tags: Indiana Pacers, Fort Wayne Mad Ants, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

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Santa Cruz To Host D-League Showcase From Jan. 6-10

Sep 2, 2015 1:31 PM

The Santa Cruz Warriors, the NBA Development League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors, will host the NBA D-League Showcase for the second consecutive season.

The 19-game Showcase will run over five days, from Jan. 6-10, 2016, and feature the league’s 19 teams playing two regular-season games apiece.

“The NBA D-League Showcase was a tremendous success in Santa Cruz last season, and we’re excited to work in partnership with Jim Weyermann and the Warriors’ staff for another memorable slate of games,” said Malcolm Turner, NBA D-League President. “The Showcase is the NBA’s premier in-season scouting event, and I’m looking forward to watching 19 great contests in front of some of the league’s best fans at Kaiser Permanente Arena in January.”

The 12th annual NBA D-League Showcase presented by Samsung will crown a champion based first on a team’s overall win-loss record at the event. The advanced basketball statistic Net Rating (calculated by subtracting Defensive Rating from Offensive Rating) will be used as the first tiebreaker. Offensive Rating is calculated by dividing a team’s total points by its total offensive possessions, while Defensive Rating is derived by dividing a team’s total points allowed by its opponent’s total offensive possessions. Any remaining ties will then be resolved using a team’s Strength of Schedule, as determined by that team’s pre-Showcase opponents’ winning percentage.

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Peja Stojakovic Hired By Kings For Front Office Position

Sep 1, 2015 12:13 PM

Peja Stojakovic has been hired as the Sacramento Kings' director of player personnel and development.

Stojakovic also will be the general manager of the Reno Bighorns, the Kings’ NBA Development League affiliate.

Stojakovic played nearly eight seasons for the Kings after being drafted 14th in 1996. He averaged 18.3 points and played in three All-Star Games.

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Tags: Sacramento Kings, Reno Bighorns, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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Chris Jent Named Head Coach Of Baskersfield Jam

Aug 27, 2015 4:35 PM

The Phoenix Suns and Bakersfield Jam have named Chris Jent head coach of the Jam.

"It's an honor to be named Head Coach of the Bakersfield Jam and to be a part of an organization like the Phoenix Suns," said Jent. "Personally, it's a great opportunity to once again be a Head Coach and there couldn't be a better setting in the NBA D-League to help players develop and reach their basketball potential than in Bakersfield. I can't wait to get into the gym with the team and try to do something special as a group."

Jent, 45, joins the Jam organization after spending the 2013-14 season and the beginning of the 2014-15 season as Michael Malone’s lead assistant with the Sacramento Kings. Prior to his role with the Kings, Jent served as an Assistant Coach at his alma mater Ohio State for two seasons (2011-13). During his tenure at Ohio State, the Buckeyes went 60-15 and earned a Final Four berth in 2012 and an Elite Eight appearance in 2013.

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Tags: Phoenix Suns, Bakersfield Jam, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

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Aaron Craft Signs In Hungary

Aug 7, 2015 1:52 AM

Aaron Craft has signed with Szolnoki Olaj in Hungary.

Craft played for the Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League last season, winning the league title in the process.

Craft was on the Golden State Warriors' Summer League team in Las Vegas in each of the past two seasons.

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Tags: Aaron Craft, Santa Cruz Warriors, Szolnoki Olaj, Hungarian NBIA, NBA, D-League, International, D-League Teams, International Teams, International League

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D-Fenders Hire Casey Owens As Head Coach

Aug 5, 2015 4:47 AM

The Los Angeles D-Fenders have named Casey Owens as head coach.

Owens replaces Conner Henry, who was called up to the Orlando Magic coaching staff on June 26th, and returns to the D-Fenders after serving as an assistant coach for the team during the 2013-14 season.  

“We are proud to announce Casey Owens as head coach of the D-Fenders,” said Buss. “Casey’s success globally and domestically is critical to our goal of developing players in a winning atmosphere, which will help guide us in our pursuit of a championship.”

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Pacers To Purchase D-League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants

Aug 1, 2015 2:21 PM

The Indiana Pacers are expected to purchase the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the D-League.

The Mad Ants have been the D-League's lone independent affiliate.

There would be a remaining 11 teams without a D-League franchise.

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Tags: Indiana Pacers, Fort Wayne Mad Ants, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

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Allan Houston Looking For New Knicks' D-League Coach

Jul 28, 2015 7:22 PM

Craig Hodges will not be brought back as head coach of the New York Knicks' D-League team.

Hodges took over as head coach of the Westchester Knicks for the final four games of the regular season after Kevin Whitted was fired. Hodges was initially hired last fall to serve as an assistant on Westchester's staff.

It is unclear at this point who Westchester GM Allan Houston will target to fill the coaching vacancy.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Tags: New York Knicks, Westchester Knicks, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

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Wizards Hope To Have New Practice Facility Location By End Of Offseason

May 27, 2015 7:07 AM

The Washington Wizards hope to have a new standalone practice facility location by the end of the offseason.

“I’m hoping by the end of the offseason to make an announcement that says this is the place that we’re  going to build it and how long it will take,” Ted Leonsis said.

A new facility could potentially host the Wizards' D-League team in the future.

“First priority for us is to get a Wizards practice facility,” Leonsis said. “So I’m still working that one hard and then if we can find a good place and build that, that would be a good place for the D-League team to play. So that’s the steps we’re taking.”

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Tags: Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Misc Rumor

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Knicks Expect Thanasis Antetokounmpo To Be On 15-16 Roster
Thanasis 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.

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Tim Frazier Named D-League's MVP, Rookie Of The Year
Tim Frazier averaged 16.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 9.5 assists per game.

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Joe Jackson Named D-League's Most Improved Player
Joe 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 Jamís roster.

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Lakers Sign Vander Blue For Remainder Of Season
Vander Blue finished second in the D-League in scoring at 23.3 points per game on 47.3% shooting.

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Nuggets To Sign Jamaal Franklin For Remainder Of Season
Jamaal Franklin had been playing in the D-League.

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Arinze Onuaku Signs With Wolves For Remainder Of Season
Arinze Onuaku averaged 17.5 points and 7.8 rebounds in 41 D League games this season with the Canton Charge.

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CJ Fair Named D-League Player Of The Week
CJ Fair averaged 26.5 points on 62 percent shooting along with 12.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks.

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Scotty Hopson Named D-League Player Of The Month For March
Scotty Hopson averaged 22.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists while helping lead the Skyforce to a 9-2 record in March.

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Suns Sign Jerel McNeal To 10-Day Contract
Jerel McNeal has averaged 18.5 points, 4.6 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.1 steals in 27 games with the Jam.

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Tim Frazier Signing With Blazers For Remainder Of Season
Tim Frazier is coming off a win as D-League Player of the Week.

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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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