Oct 19, 2014 1:57 AM EDT
The Houston Rockets plan to utilize the NBA Development League heavily this season for their two draft picks, Clint Capela and Nick Johnson.
“The Vipers have been great for us,” Kevin McHale said. “We sent guys down here. It helped them. D-Mo was down here. Terrence came down for a while. It really helps their game a lot. I like it. Like this year, will be a huge year for Clint Capela down here. That will be fantastic. Nick Johnson will be able to uses this to improve. It’s been fantastic for us."
Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas developed in the D-League with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in 2012-13, while Isaiah Canaan and Troy Daniels played with the Vipers most of last season.
Oct 15, 2014 12:17 AM EDT
The Dallas Mavericks will sign Yuki Togashi after he passes his physical on Tuesday.
Togashi will be eligible to practice with the team, but he is most likely to end up with the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League.
Togashi, a 5-foot-7 guard who played for Dallas in Summer League, is going to sign a non-guaranteed deal.
Oct 08, 2014 7:29 PM EDT
The Sacramento Kings have hired David Arseneault Jr. of Divison III Grinnell (Iowa) College to coach their D-League affiliate.
Arseneault, who has served as an assistant at Ginnell College, will try to incorporate the Division III program's well-chronicled high-scoring offensive system into the Reno Bighorns.
Oct 07, 2014 3:19 PM EDT
The Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League have acquired the rights of guard Seth Curry in a trade with the Santa Cruz Warriors.
Curry signed a training camp deal with the Orlando Magic in the offseason.
In exchange for Curry’s rights, Erie will provide Santa Cruz a first round pick in the 2015 NBA D-League Draft and the rights to guard Scott Suggs.
Curry, younger brother of NBA star Stephen Curry, played three years at Duke University and went undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Oct 07, 2014 1:59 AM EDT
Semaj Christon will start his professional career by signing in the NBA D-League with the Oklahoma City Thunder's affiliate, the Blue.
Christon, who was the 55th overall pick in the June NBA Draft, will play multiple times a week in the D-League.
Christon played NBA Summer League ball with the Thunder in Orlando in July and has been with the franchise since he was drafted.
Christon played his college basketball at Xavier.
Oct 02, 2014 9:25 PM EDT
The Austin Toros of the NBA D-League have hired Earl Watson and Jason Fraser as assistant coaches.
Watson and Fraser join current head coach Ken McDonald and assistant coach Mike Miller on the Toros bench.
“I'm thrilled with the addition of Earl and Jason to our staff,” McDonald said in a statement. “Both have valuable basketball backgrounds and will bring depth and experience to our group.”
Watson had a 13-year NBA career that included time with seven teams (Seattle, Memphis, Denver, Oklahoma City, Indiana, Utah and Portland).
Sep 23, 2014 4:00 PM EDT
The Miami Heat have hired Phil Weber as head coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
He becomes the 17th head coach in franchise history after serving as a consultant for the Heat since 2012.
Prior to joining the Heat as a consultant, Weber worked as an assistant coach for the New York Knicks (2008-12) and Phoenix Suns (1999-2008).
Sep 18, 2014 1:02 PM EDT
The Cleveland Cavaliers have hired Jordi Fernandez as the new head coach of their exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League affiliate, the Canton Charge.
"Jordi is a natural fit to lead the Charge after being a tremendous asset to our staff last year and playing a critical role cultivating talent with the Cavaliers for four seasons,” Cavaliers Director of Development League Operations Mike Gansey said in a statement. “His background with the Spanish National Team combined with his high-level domestic experience also gives him a unique basketball perspective that will greatly benefit our team.”
Fernandez, 31, spent last season as an assistant coach with the Charge on Steve Hetzel’s staff. Before joining the Charge, he served as a player development coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2009-13.
“The Cavaliers and Charge are the model relationship for NBA D-League as far as the right balance between developing individual talent and attaining collective team success, and I am very thankful that they have given me this opportunity,” said Fernandez. “Canton has been like a second home to me since I arrived last year and I cannot wait to get started with a team that Charge fans can be proud to get behind.”
Sep 04, 2014 3:44 PM EDT
The Sacramento Kings will sign David Wear to a non-guaranteed one-year contract for camp.
Wear began his college career at North Carolina before transferring to UCLA.
Wear could eventually join the Reno Bighorns in the D-League.
Sep 01, 2014 1:16 PM EDT
Former Louisville forward and NCAA champion Chane Behanan has committed to sign in the NBA Development League and enter its draft, a source told RealGM.
After going unselected in June’s NBA Draft, Behanan discussed deals with overseas teams and came close to signing with a club in Germany.
In three seasons at Louisville, Behanan, 21, averaged 9.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 91 games. Behanan was a starter on Louisville’s title team in 2013.
Last December, Rick Pitino dismissed Behanan from the university for violating school policy. Behanan attempted to transfer to Colorado State University, but the 6-foot-7 forward didn’t play a game there.
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The Magic have named Bill Peterson as head coach of its D-League team, the Erie BayHawks.
Phil Jackson and Steve Mills have conveyed to Thanasis Antetokounmpo that he's in the Knicks' plans.
Mark Daigneault joins the Thunder organization after spending the past four years working under Billy Donovan at Florida.
Thanasis Antetokounmpo has decided upon playing next season with the Knicks’ affiliate in Westchester, sources told RealGM.
Phil Hubbard is a longtime assistant coach with a long tenure under Eddie Jordan with the Wizards and previous stops in the D-League.
The Warriors have promoted Jonnie West to associate general manager of the Santa Cruz Warriors.
Dean Cooper spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach for the Rockets.
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Stan Van Gundy and Otis Smith worked together with the Magic.
Jamal Jones will sign in the NBA Development League in hopes of boosting his stock for the 2015 NBA Draft, a source told RealGM.
Todd Mayo told RealGM that he plans to sign in the D-League and place his name in next June’s NBA Draft.
Josh Huestis will receive approximately $25,000 instead of $750,000.
Dan Reed is leaving the NBA after more than a decade of service to join Facebook as head of global sports partnerships.
The D-League now has eight single partnership affiliates.
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.
Ron Howard, Kevin Murphy, Robert Covington, Othyus Jeffers and Justin Hamilton were First Team selections.
The NBA has announced 75 early entry candidates for the 2014 NBA Draft, including 45 players from colleges and 30 International players.
Ron Howard averaged 20.5 points to go with 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists, while Othyus Jeffers averaged 20.9 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.2 steals.
DeAndre Liggins 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.
Robert Covington averaged 23.2 points, good for second-best in the NBA D-League, while shooting 44 percent from the field.
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