Aug 21, 2014 12:22 AM EDT
After mulling between the NBA Development League and European clubs, New York draft pick Thanasis Antetokounmpo has decided to play next season with the Knicks’ affiliate in Westchester, sources told RealGM.
Antetokounmpo considered several significant contract offers in Europe if he elected to pass on a consecutive season in the D-League, but Knicks management made clear that it hoped Antetokounmpo would remain within the organization in 2014-15.
For now, the Knicks plan for Antetokounmpo to sign directly with Westchester, meaning no training camp deal, sources told RealGM. This allows the Knicks to maintain his rights into the D-League, leaving him off the available market as a free agent should he be released in camp participation.
Throughout Antetokounmpo’s decision-making process, Phil Jackson and Steve Mills reaffirmed their long-term vision for the 22-year-old forward, sources said. The Knicks have a full roster of guaranteed contracts at 15.
Antetokounmpo – the older brother of Giannis Antetokounmpo – was New York’s 51st overall selection in the NBA Draft in June. Thanasis Antetokounmpo showcased his defensive activity in five summer league appearances for the Knicks, and he averaged three points and nearly two rebounds per game.
Louis Labeyrie, the Knicks’ No. 57 pick in the draft, will continue to develop with his French team in Paris and could start discussions on an NBA contract next summer, a source told RealGM.
A scouted talent out of Greece, Antetokounmpo started his professional career a year ago with Delaware of the D-League. He averaged 12 points and 4.6 rebounds in 50 games for Delaware.
Aug 20, 2014 12:14 PM EDT
Phil Hubbard is the leading candidate to become head coach of the Los Angeles D-Fenders, D-League affiliate for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Hubbard played for the Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers in the late 1970s and 1980s.
Hubbard is a longtime assistant coach with a long tenure under Eddie Jordan with the Washington Wizards and previous stops in the D-League.
Aug 15, 2014 11:38 AM EDT
The Golden State Warriors have promoted Jonnie West to associate general manager of the Santa Cruz Warriors.
West, 26, is the youngest son of Jerry West.
West has lived with his parents in Los Angeles, but he expects to move to San Francisco in September.
At West Virginia, Jonnie played in 77 games and earned letters in 2008, 09, 10 and 11 under Bob Huggins. He had been redshirted as a true freshman in 2007.
Aug 13, 2014 5:56 PM EDT
The Utah Jazz Jazz have named Dean Cooper as Head Coach of the Idaho Stampede.
Cooper spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach for the Houston Rockets.
“We are pleased to welcome Dean to our organization," Dennis Lindsey said in a statement. "The D-League is a critical component in building teams and it begins with each affiliate’s head coach."
The Jazz hired Quin Snyder as their new head coach this offseason.
Aug 09, 2014 12:33 PM EDT
Otis Smith is in talks with the Detroit Pistons about becoming head coach of their D-League franchise.
Stan Van Gundy and Smith worked together with the Orlando Magic.
Detroit's D-League franchise will play in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Smith was named GM in Orlando in May 2006 and was ultimately promoted to president of basketball operations before leaving the franchise.
Jul 31, 2014 1:23 AM EDT
After leaving Texas A&M’s basketball program as a junior, Jamal Jones will sign in the NBA Development League in hopes of boosting his stock for the 2015 NBA Draft, a source told RealGM.
Jones is fresh off a breakout season for the Aggies, averaging a team-high 13.4 points to go along with 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.
Jones has hired agent Charles Briscoe for represenation.
The 6-foot-8 swingman also had considered transferring to another school before he decided to start his professional career in the D-League.
Jones, 21, transferred to Texas A&M after spending his first two collegiate seasons at Ole Miss (2011-12) and Lee College (2012-13).
Jul 30, 2014 6:18 PM EDT
Todd Mayo, the brother of O.J. Mayo, plans to leave Marquette University before his upcoming senior season and pursue professional basketball in the NBA Development League or overseas, sources with direct knowledge of his decision told RealGM on Wednesday.
Mayo confirmed his choice to leave Marquette, and he told RealGM that he expects to sign in the D-League and place his name in the 2015 NBA Draft.
“I’m looking forward to the D-League and just learning and getting better,” Mayo said by phone on Wednesday afternoon.
In his junior season, Mayo was Marquette’s third-leading scorer at 11.3 points per game while shooting 46.1 percent from the field. The 6-foot-3 guard played 30 games a season ago and was expected to emerge as a starter in 2014-15.
Mayo, 23, has received support from his family and the university in deciding to leave school. Marquette officials are expected to make an official announcement within the coming days.
Todd and O.J. Mayo reunited in Milwaukee last season, when O.J. averaged 11.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in his first year with the Bucks.
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.”
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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.
The Warriors recalled Ognjen Kuzmic and Nemanja Nedovic from the Santa Cruz Warriors.
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.
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