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Kings Purchase Controlling Interest In D-League's Bighorns

Oct 20, 2016 1:29 PM

The NBA Development League and the Sacramento Kings have announced that the team has acquired a controlling interest in the NBA D-League’s Reno Bighorns. With the purchase, the Kings become the 15th NBA team to own and operate its NBA D-League affiliate. 

“With today’s purchase, half of NBA teams now own and operate their NBA D-League affiliate an important milestone that proves how essential developing top young NBA talent has become,” said NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner.  “I’m thrilled to welcome Vivek Ranadivé and the Sacramento Kings’ ownership group to the NBA D-League family and want to thank Herb Santos for his integral role in Bighorns basketball.”  

Longstanding partners, the Bighorns and Kings have been affiliated since the 2008-09 season, Reno’s inaugural NBA D-League campaign. Prior to the 2013-14 season, the teams entered into a single-affiliation partnership, with the NBA franchise managing basketball operations for the NBA D-League club. With today’s purchase, the Kings will now assume all business operations of the Bighorns. 

“We’re excited to deepen our relationship with the Bighorns and the Reno/Tahoe community,” said Kings owner and chairman Vivek Ranadivé. “This is an incredible opportunity to develop players, front-office staff and future business executives for the Sacramento Kings, while simultaneously contributing meaningfully to the Reno entertainment, commercial and non-profit ecosystem.”

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Bighorns Acquire Ronald Roberts From Raptors 905 For Brady Heslip, 2nd Rounder

Sep 15, 2016 1:33 PM

The Reno Bighorns have acquired Ronald Roberts from the Raptors 905 in exchange for Brady Heslip and a second round pick.

Roberts averaged 18.1 points and 12.1 rebounds in 33.2 minutes per game last season with the 905.

Heslip, a native of Burlington, Ontario and a member of the Canadian Men’s Senior National Team, spent the 2015-16 season with Acqua Vitasnella Cantu (Serie-A) in Italy, averaging 12.7 points and shooting .455 from three-point range in 29 games. He averaged 13.0 points and 1.2 rebounds for Canada at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto and averaging 10.7 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists at the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico City. Heslip was selected 11th overall by Reno in the 2014 NBA D-League Draft and averaged 24.5 points in 20 games with the Bighorns. 

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Reno Bighorns Holding Open Tryouts In Late August

Aug 15, 2016 9:33 PM

The Reno Bighorns will hold open tryouts in Reno on Saturday, Aug. 27 and in Sacramento on Sunday, Aug. 28.

Players will compete to earn an invitation to the Bighorns' training camp in early November.

Members of the Bighorns and Sacramento Kings' staff will be in attendance to evaluate players.

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Erick Green Named D-League Player Of The Month For January

Feb 2, 2016 12:29 PM

Erick Green formerly of the Reno Bighorns and now with the Utah Jazz after signing a 10-day contract on Jan. 26, has been named NBA Development League Player of the Month for games played in January.

Green (6-4, 185, Virginia Tech) sparked Reno to a 9-3 month (7-2 in games that he played) averaging 27.6 points, 4.7 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists. He shot 55.0 percent from the field (83-for-151) and connected on 54.0 percent of his three-point attempts (34-of-63).

On Jan. 4, he tied a season-high with 40 points on 12-of-21 shooting (57.1 percent) and nailed four of his seven attempts from behind the arc to go with seven assists, five rebounds and three steals in a 126-122 win over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. On Jan. 8, he connected on six-of-seven three-point attempts as part of a 37-point effort in a 115-114 loss to the Westchester Knicks at the NBA D-League Showcase.

Green was selected with the 46th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Jazz.

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Jazz To Sign Erick Green To 10-Day Contract

Jan 26, 2016 12:30 PM

The Utah Jazz will sign Erick Green to a 10-day contract.

Green has been playing for the Reno Bighorns of the D-League.

Green was acquired by the Denver Nuggets in a draft night trade with the Jazz in 2013. He was selected with the 46th selection overall after spending four seasons at Virginia Tech.

Green joined the Nuggets on a rookie contract in 2014 and averaged 3.4 points in 46 games. He also played three games with the Nuggets in 2015.

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Bighorns Acquire David Stockton, Waive Marshall Henderson

Nov 28, 2015 12:33 PM

The Reno Bighorns have acquired David Stockton.

Stockton, a 5-11, 165-pound guard, averaged 20.1 points (.461 FG%, .398 3pt%, .824 FT%), 4.2 rebounds, 9.4 assists, 2.5 steals and 30.5 minutes per game in 43 contests (38 starts) for the Bighorns during the 2014-15 season. Stockton recorded two triple-doubles during the 2014-15 season and ranked 11th in scoring, third in assists and second in steals per game among D-League leaders

Most recently, Stockton joined the Sacramento Kings for preseason, where he totaled four points (1-7 FG, 0-1 3pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds and four assists in 16 minutes off the bench in three preseason contests.

To create a roster spot for Stockton, the Bighorns have waived Marshall Henderson.


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Raptors 905 Acquire Sim Bhullar From Reno For Ricky Ledo

Oct 30, 2015 10:27 AM

Raptors 905 have traded for Sim Bhullar from the Reno Bighorns for Ricky Ledo.

Raptors 905 are the D-League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors.

Bhullar was born and raised in Toronto.

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