Jul 24, 2014 1:07 PM EDT
The Oklahoma City Thunder drafted Josh Huestis with the No. 29 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
First round picks typically receive guaranteed contracts for two seasons, but the Thunder and Huestis agreed for him to spend his rookie season with their D-League affiliate. Huestis will receive approximately $25,000 instead of $750,000. Huestis can start his rookie scale contract later.
The Thunder are essentially stashing Huestis in the D-League.
Huestis' agent Mitchell Butler tells SB Nation that the player's camp proposed it during the pre-draft process.
"This was the perfect team and the perfect storm," he said. "This isn't for everyone."
The move has been criticized by a variety of sources, as it may violate an NBA bylaw that compensation cannot be discussed with draft picks until after the player has been selected.
Jul 21, 2014 4:08 PM EDT
NBA Development League President Dan Reed is leaving the NBA after more than a decade of service to join Facebook as head of global sports partnerships. His last day is July 31.
Reed, who began his NBA tenure as senior manager of team marketing and business operations in 2004, was elevated to his current post in 2007.
“Dan’s exceptional business acumen and tireless work ethic have lifted the NBA Development League to new heights,” said Mark Tatum. “We thank Dan for his contributions to the NBA and look forward to working with him in his new role.”
May 19, 2014 1:39 PM EDT
The Orlando Magic, Erie BayHawks, and the NBA Development League announced that the Magic and BayHawks have entered into a three-year single affiliation partnership beginning with the 2014-15 NBA D-League season. Orlando becomes the record 16th NBA team to have a one-to-one affiliation with an NBA D-League team.
The partnership, also referred to as a “hybrid affiliation,” is the eighth of its kind in the NBA D-League and allows an NBA team to control the NBA D-League team’s basketball operations, while the existing local ownership maintains primary responsibility for the team’s off-the-court business operations and community initiatives.
“We are looking forward to a mutually beneficial partnership with the BayHawks,” said Orlando Magic Chief Executive Officer Alex Martins. “We feel this hybrid relationship will further assist our efforts in regards to developing NBA talent, while providing Erie with a team they can be proud of. I would like to thank Steve Demetriou. His vision and values fit very well with ours and we are excited about this exclusive affiliation.”
May 13, 2014 1:13 PM EDT
The Phoenix Suns, Bakersfield Jam, and NBA Development League have announced that the Suns have entered into a single-affiliation relationship with the Jam beginning with the 2014-15 season.
With the partnership, the Suns become the record 15th NBA franchise to have a one-to-one relationship with an NBA D-League team, solidifying half of the NBA’s 30 teams as singly-affiliated.
The Suns will oversee and fund all aspects of the Jam’s basketball operations while the local ownership in Bakersfield, led by Stan Ellis and David Higdon, will continue to manage the team’s business operations and community outreach. Executives and players from both teams will celebrate the partnership with fans in Bakersfield at an event in September.
Phoenix has named Bubba Burrage, the Suns’ Head Pro Personnel Scout for the past three seasons, as the General Manager in Bakersfield. Burrage brings 21 years of experience in the NBA, holding scouting, coaching, video and front office positions. Burrage will continue scouting in addition to serving as General Manager of the Jam.
May 01, 2014 4:31 PM EDT
The NBA D-League has announced their 2013-14 All-D-League Teams.
Guard: Ron Howard, Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Guard: Kevin Murphy, Idaho Stampede
Forward: Robert Covington, Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Forward: Othyus Jeffers, Iowa Energy
Center: Justin Hamilton, Sioux Falls Skyforce
Guard: Jorge Gutierrez, Canton Charge
Guard: DeAndre Liggins, Sioux Falls Skyforce
Forward: James Nunnally, Texas Legends
Forward: Chris Wright, Maine Red Claws
Center: Hilton Armstrong, Santa Cruz Warriors
Guard: Seth Curry, Santa Cruz Warriors
Guard: Troy Daniels, Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Forward: Tony Mitchell, Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Forward: Terrence Williams, Los Angeles D-Fenders
Center: Arinze Onuaku, Canton Charge
Apr 30, 2014 3:58 PM EDT
The NBA has announced 75 early entry candidates for the 2014 NBA Draft, including 45 players from colleges and 30 International players.
Jordan Adams, UCLA
William Alston, CC of Baltimore County Dundalk
Mychal Ammons, South Alabama
Kyle Anderson, UCLA
Isaiah Austin, Baylor
Chane Behanan, Louisville
Sim Bhullar, New Mexico State
Khem Birch, UNLV
Jabari Brown, Missouri
Jahii Carson, Arizona State
Semaj Christon, Xavier
Jordan Clarkson, Missouri
DeAndre Daniels, Connecticut
Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado
Joel Embiid, Kansas
Tyler Ennis, Syracuse
Aaron Gordon, Arizona
Jerami Grant, Syracuse,
P.J. Hairston, North Carolina/Texas (D-League)
Gary Harris, Michigan State
Rodney Hood, Duke
Nick Johnson, Arizona
Alex Kirk, New Mexico
Zach LaVine, UCLA
James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina
K.J. McDaniels, Clemson
Mitch McGary, Michigan
Eric Moreland, Oregon State
Johnny O'Bryant III, LSU
Jabari Parker, Duke
Elfrid Payton, Louisiana-Lafayette
Julius Randle, Kentucky
Glenn Robinson III, Michigan
LaQuinton Ross, Ohio State
Antonio Rucker, Clinton JC (SC)
Jakarr Sampson, St. John's,
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
Roscoe Smith, UNLV
Nik Stauskas, Michigan
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee
Noah Vonleh, Indiana
T.J. Warren, North Carolina State
Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
James Young, Kentucky
Ta'Quan Zimmermann, Thompson Rivers (Canada)
The following is the list of international players who have applied for early entry into the 2014 NBA Draft:
PLAYER, TEAM (TEAM COUNTRY) / HOME COUNTRY
Eleftherios Bochoridis, Aris (Greece) / Greece
Matias Bortolin, Regatas Corrientes (Argentina) / Argentina
Nedim Buza, Spars Sarajevo (Bosnia)/ Bosnia & Herzegovina
Bruno Caboclo, Pinheiros (Brazil) / Brazil
Berkay Candan, TED Kolejliler (Turkey) / Turkey
Clint Capela, Chalon (France) / Switzerland
Joonas Cavén, Joventut (Spain) / Finland
Nemanja Dangubic, Mega Vizura (Serbia) / Serbia
Moussa Diagne, Fuenlabrada (Spain) / Senegal
Tomas Dimša, Zalgiris (Lithuania) / Lithuania
Marcus Eriksson, Manresa (Spain) / Sweden
Danté Exum, Australia,
Ilja Gromovs, Ventspils (Latvia) / Latvia
Damien Inglis, Roanne (France) / France
Nikola Jokic, Mega Vizura (Serbia) / Serbia
Michalis Kamperidis Filathlitikos (Greece) / Greece
Artem Klimenko, Avtodor (Russia) / Russia
Rasmus Larsen, Manresa (Spain) / Denmark
Lucas Mariano, Vivo Franca (Brazil) / Brazil
Vasilije Micic, Mega Vizura (Serbia) / Serbia
Jusuf Nurkic, Cedevita (Croatia) / Bosnia & Herzegovina
Mateusz Ponitka, Oostende (Belgium) / Poland
Kristaps Porzingis, Cajasol (Spain) / Latvia
Marko Ramljak, Zadar (Croatia) / Croatia
Dario Šarić, Cibona (Croatia) / Croatia
Ojars Silins, Reggio Emilia (Italy) / Latvia
Alejandro Suarez, Joventut (Spain) / Spain
Devon Van Oostrum Vitoria (Spain)/ Holland
Guillem Vives, Joventut (Spain) / Spain
Adin Vrabac, Spars Sarajevo (Bosnia) / Bosnia & Herzegovina
Apr 24, 2014 5:03 PM EDT
Fort Wayne Mad Ants guard Ron Howard and current Minnesota Timberwolves and former Iowa Energy guard/forward Othyus Jeffers have been named the 2014 NBA Development League’s Co-Most Valuable Players, as voted by the NBA D-League’s 17 head coaches.
Howard (6-5, 200, Valparaiso) played in 49 regular season games for the Mad Ants, averaging a team-high and career-best 20.5 points to go with 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists. Howard spearheaded Fort Wayne’s offense, leading the team in scoring 24 times and serving as the high-assist man in 22 games. A seven-year Mad Ants veteran, Howard became the league’s all-time leading scorer on March 29 when he scored 20 points to pass Renaldo Major’s previous record of 4,252 points.
Jeffers (6-5, 210, Robert Morris) played in 44 of the Energy’s 50 regular season games before earning a GATORADE Call-Up to the Timberwolves on April 8. He averaged a team-high 20.9 points, good for eighth-best in the NBA D-League, to go with 9.9 rebounds (fourth) and 2.2 steals (fifth). He led Iowa in scoring 20 times and was the team’s high-rebounder in an additional 20 contests. Jeffers scored in double figures in 43 of his 44 games with the Energy, scoring 30 or more points twice.
Apr 21, 2014 6:21 PM EDT
Sioux Falls Skyforce guard DeAndre Liggins has been selected as the 2014 NBA Development League’s Defensive Player of the Year by a vote of the league’s 17 head coaches.
Liggins (6-6, 209, Kentucky) appeared in 42 regular season games for the Skyforce, anchoring the defensive efforts of a Sioux Falls team that held their opponents to league-lows of only 45 percent shooting from the field and 100.1 points per 100 possessions. Sioux Falls’ opponents averaged 102.9 points, good for second-lowest in the NBA D-League. As an individual, he averaged an NBA D-League best 2.6 steals, to go with 14.2 points and 4.8 assists.
All-Time NBA D-League Defensive Players of the Year
Stefhon Hannah (Santa Cruz Warriors, 2012-13)
Stefhon Hannah (Dakota Wizards, 2011-12)
Chris Johnson (Dakota Wizards, 2010-11)
Greg Stiemsma (Sioux Falls Skyforce, 2009-10)
Brent Petway (Idaho Stampede, 2008-09)
Stefane Lasme (Los Angeles D-Fenders, 2007-08)
Mouhamed Sene (Idaho Stampede, 2007-08)
Renaldo Major (Dakota Wizards, 2006-07)
Derrick Zimmerman (Austin Toros, 2005-06)
Derrick Zimmerman (Columbus Riverdragons, 2004-05)
Karim Shabazz (Charleston Lowgators, 2003-04)
Mikki Moore (Roanoke Dazzle, 2002-03)
Jeff Myers (Greenville Groove, 2001-02)
Apr 19, 2014 6:08 PM EDT
Houston Rockets rookie Robert Covington has been the named the 2014 NBA Development League Rookie of the Year, as voted on by the league’s 17 head coaches. The award recognizes the first-year professional who most significantly contributed to his team’s success during the course of the season.
Covington (6-9, 215, Tennessee State) played in 42 of the Vipers 50 regular season games on assignment from the Rockets, 41 as a starter. He averaged 23.2 points, good for second-best in the NBA D-League, while shooting 44 percent from the field. He rounded out his stat line averaging a Vipers-best 9.2 rebounds and 2.4 steals, second-highest in the league. During the regular season, Covington led the team in scoring 21 times and was the Vipers leading rebounder in 13 contests. He scored in double figures in 41 of his 42 games in Rio Grande Valley, recording two 40-plus point games and four additional 30-plus point outings.
All-Time NBA D-League Rookie of the Year winners
2012-13: Tony Mitchell, Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2011-12: Edwin Ubiles, Dakota Wizards
2010-11: DeShawn Sims, Maine Red Claws
2009-10: Alonzo Gee,* Austin Toros
2008-09: Othyus Jeffers,* Iowa Energy
2007-08: Blake Ahearn, Dakota Wizards
2006-07: Louis Amundson,* Colorado 14ers
2005-06: Will Bynum,* Roanoke Dazzle
2004-05: James Thomas, Roanoke Dazzle
2003-04: Desmond Penigar, Asheville Altitude
2002-03: Devin Brown, Fayetteville Patriots
2001-02: Fred House, Charleston Lowgators
Apr 15, 2014 9:50 PM EDT
The Golden State Warriors recalled center Ognjen Kuzmic and guard Nemanja Nedovic from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League.
Both players have spent a significant part of the season with Santa Cruz.
The Magic will run basketball ops and the ownership will handle business operations and community relations.
The Rockets re-assigned Isaiah Canaan and Robert Covington to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Sergey Karasev will be available for the Cavaliers on Saturday against the Celtics.
The Kings assigned forward Willie Reed to their D-League affiliate Reno Bighorns.
Dexter Pittman has averaged 11.3 points and 6.8 rebounds with the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League.
The Pistons will launch a D-League team in Grand Rapids with the Springfield Armor relocating.
The Rockets recalled Robert Covington and Troy Daniels from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League.
Glen Rice Jr. averaged 14.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in the D-League.
Grant Jarrett joins the Thunder after spending the past season with the Tulsa 66ers where he appeared in 27 games (25 starts) and averaged 15.1 points and 6.1 rebounds in 29.3 minutes per game.
Patrick Christopher averaged 28.3 points on 65 percent shooting from the floor to go with 5.3 rebound and 2.0 assists.
Adonis Thomas has had two 10-day stints with the Magic this season
Glen Rice Jr. has appeared in 11 games for Washington this season.
Sergey Karasev has appeared in 18 games for the Charge.
Chris Wright has averaged 19.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.4 blocks in 41 games this season in the D-League with the Red Claws.
Apr 02, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Damion James has played in the D-League this season with the Jam and Legends.
Elijah Millsap played for the D-Fenders over the past two seasons.
Ike Diogu averaged 21.4 points, shooting 59 percent from the field, to go with 12.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocks.
Karron Johnson worked out for Golden State before last year's draft.
Mustafa Shakur averaged and NBA D-League high 30.0 points to go with 9.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists.
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