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Kings Assign Georgios Papagiannis, Skal Labissiere To D-League

Jan 2, 2017 9:30 PM

The Sacramento Kings have assigned center Georgios Papagiannis and forward Skal Labissiere to the Reno Bighorns.

Papagiannis has accrued averages of 10.7 points (.500 FG%, .750 FT%), 7.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 27.0 minutes per game in seven appearances for the Bighorns (four starts). In his last appearance with the Bighorns, he contributed a near double-double with a season-high 15 points while adding nine rebounds and a steal in a victory over the Austin Spurs on Dec. 21.  

The 28th overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft, Labissiere recently played one game with the Sacramento Kings in a New Year’s Eve contest against the Memphis Grizzlies, totaling two points and two rebounds in just over three minutes of action. In 12 starts for the Bighorns this season, he has posted 14.5 points (.451 FG%, .694 FT%), 7.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 30.0 minutes per game.  

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Kings Recall Malachi Richardson, Skal Labissiere From D-League

Dec 13, 2016 1:57 PM

The Sacramento Kings have recalled rookies Malachi Richardson and Skal Labissiere from the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League.

Richardson is averaging 21.0 points (.426 FG%, .440 3pt%, .763 FT%), 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 35.0 minutes per contest in 11 games (10 starts) for Reno, including a season-high 32 points (12-22 FG, 3-5 3pt, 5-7 FT), four rebounds and two assists against the Rio Grande Vipers on Sunday night. Ranked 12th in D-League scoring, the former Orangeman has led the Bighorns in scoring on six occasions, highlighted by a game-winning fade-away jumper as time expired to give Reno a 110-108 victory over the Texas Legends on Nov. 22. The 28th overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft,

Labissiere has accrued averages of 14.3 points (.445 FG%, .694 FT%), 6.8 rebounds and 1.54 blocks in 29.3 minutes per game in 11 starts for the Bighorns, leading the club in rebounding twice and blocks in three contests. He logged his first double-double with a season-high 25 points (9-20 FG, 7-13 FT), a team-best 10 rebounds, one assist, four steals and three blocks in 36 minutes versus the L.A. Defenders on Dec. 8.

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Kendall Marshall Claimed By Reno Bighorns

Nov 29, 2016 1:53 PM

The Reno Bighorns have acquired NBA veteran Kendall Marshall off waivers.

Marshall has accrued career averages of 5.0 points (.399 FG%, .216 3pt%, .611 FT%), 144 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 19.3 minutes per game in 160 NBA contests (57 starts) with the Phoenix Suns (2012-13), Los Angeles Lakers (2013-14), Milwaukee Bucks (2014-15) and the Philadelphia 76ers (2014-15).

He has totaled 17 assists on two separate occasions during his four year NBA campaign. During the 2013-14 season, Marshall played seven games with the Delaware 87ers where he averaged 19.4 points (.419 FG%, .463 3pt%, .792 FT%), 4.7 rebounds, 9.6 assists and 37.6 minutes per game.

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Kings Assign Georgios Papagiannis To D-League

Nov 21, 2016 1:44 PM

The Sacramento Kings have assigned rookie center Georgios Papagiannis to the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League.

Papagiannis has accrued averages of 10.3 points (.467 FG%, .750 FT%), 6.7 rebounds and 2.34 blocks in 29.2 minutes per game in three appearances for the Bighorns this season.

Papagiannis was the 13th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

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Papagiannis, Labissiere, Malachi Richardson Assigned By Kings To D-League

Nov 11, 2016 2:04 PM

The Sacramento Kings have assigned center Georgios Papagiannis, forward Skal Labissiere and guard Malachi Richardson to the Reno Bighorns.

Papagiannis was selected in the first-round of the 2016 NBA Draft after four seasons with Panathinaikos and Peristeri of the Greek League (2011-12 – 2012-13 and 2014-15 - 2015-16). He has appeared in one game for Sacramento during his rookie campaign, totaling two points and one rebound. The 7-1 center averaged 6.4 points (.678 FG%, .667 FT%) and 2.6 rebounds in 11.4 minutes per game in 21 contests last season in Greece. 

The 28th overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft, Labissiere has appeared in one contest this season, logging eight points (3-5 FG) and three rebounds in 15 minutes of action at Milwaukee (11/5). He averaged 6.6 points (.516 FG%, .661 FT%), 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 36 games for Kentucky in 2015-16.

On July 7, Sacramento acquired Richardson’s draft rights from the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for forward Marco Belinelli. The 6-6 guard has logged eight minutes in two contests this season. He averaged 13.4 points (.369 FG%, .353 3pt%, .720 FT%), 4.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 34.4 minutes per game in starting all 37 games in which he played in as a freshman at Syracuse in 2015-16.

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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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