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George Kaiser Joins Thunder As Ownership Stakeholder

George Kaiser bought an ownership stake of the Oklahoma City Thunder and has become the newest co-owner.

“We are honored to welcome George Kaiser as a member of the ownership group of the Oklahoma City Thunder,” Clay Bennett said in a statement Friday. “George is a well-respected and important Oklahoma business leader, as well as one of the state and nation’s top philanthropists. His commitment to successful business and community leadership is in true alignment with that of the Thunder.

“I also appreciate the commitment and leadership provided by Tom Ward as a member of our ownership group from the beginning.”

Kaiser is president, CEO and primary owner of Tulsa-based GBK Corp., parent of Kaiser-Francis Oil Co., which he has managed for 40 years.

Via Adam Wilmoth/The Oklahoman

Warriors Recall Ognjen Kuzmic, Nemanja Nedovic From Santa Cruz

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.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Rockets Reassign Isaiah Canaan, Robert Covington To D-League

The Houston Rockets re-assigned Isaiah Canaan and Robert Covington to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League.

Both have spent a large part of the season with Rio Grande Valley.

Via RealGM Staff Report

DeMarcus Cousins Suspended One Game By NBA For 16th Technical Foul

DeMarcus Cousins has been suspended one game without pay for receiving his 16th technical foul of the season, the NBA announced on Monday afternoon.

Cousins will serve his suspension in the Sacramento Kings' season finale on Wednesday against the Phoenix Suns.

Cousins picked up his 16th technical foul in Sunday's win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Cousins averaged 22.7 points and 11.7 rebounds this season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Cavaliers Recall Sergey Karasev From Canton

The Cleveland Cavaliers recalled Sergey Karasev from the Canton Charge of the NBA D-League.

Karasev will be available for the Cavaliers on Saturday against the Boston Celtics.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Kings Assign Willie Reed To D-League

The Sacramento Kings assigned forward Willie Reed to their D-League affiliate Reno Bighorns.

Reed has averaged 13.6 points (.649 FG%, .800 FT%), 7.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists 2.4 blocks, and 25.0 minutes per game in five games off the bench for the Bighorns this season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Rockets Recall Robert Covington, Troy Daniels From D-League

The Houston Rockets recalled Robert Covington and Troy Daniels from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League.

Both players have spent the majority of the season with the Rockets' D-League affiliate.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Glen Rice Jr. Recalled To Wizards

The Washington Wizards recalled Glen Rice from the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League.

Rice has appeared in 11 games, including one start, for Washington this season while averaging 2.9 points in 10 minutes per game.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Cavaliers Assign Sergey Karasev, Scotty Hopson To D-League

The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned guard/forward Sergey Karasev and guard Scotty Hopson to the Canton Charge of the NBA D-League.

Karasev has appeared in 18 games for the Charge with averages of 13.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 steals in 30.0 minutes per game.

Hopson was signed to a contract by the Cavs on March 31 and has appeared in one game for Cleveland this season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Warriors Fire Darren Erman As Assistant Coach For Violation Of Company Policy

The Golden State Warriors have fired Darren Erman due to a violation of company policy.

Erman coached the Warriors' Summer League team last July.

Bob Myers declined to specify what occurred except indicating that it was a serious violation.

“Something like this needed to be discussed with general counsel, (human resources), as we would with any other employee. It took a couple days to go through the proper channels,” Myers said.

“We were unaware, and when made aware, forced to act."

“He made a mistake,” Mark Jackson said of Erman. “He owns it. He’s done a lot for me, he’s done a lot for this organization, and I’m pulling for him to make a comeback. I’m pulling for him to move on and become a great coach, and I believe that that can happen.

“It’s just tough. I’m pulling for him. The right decision was made, and we move forward, but certainly I’m pulling for him to bounce back and get back on the road that he was on.”

Mark Jackson and David Aldridge have reported that the firing is in no way related to the reassignment of Brian Scalabrine.

Via Diamond Leung/Bay Area News Group
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