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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.”

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

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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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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 Jams 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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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

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