Basketball Wiretap

Nevada Smith Named Head Coach Of Sioux Falls

Sep 21, 2016 1:23 PM

Nevada Smith has been named head coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

“We are excited to welcome Nevada back to the Development League in his role as head coach of the Skyforce,” said Skyforce General Manager Adam Simon. “His passion for coaching and his history of developing players make him a great addition to our organization. We look forward to Nevada applying the Heat culture to our developmental program in Sioux Falls.”

Smith formerly served as the head coach for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, where he led the team to an overall record of 57-43 in two seasons spanning from 2013-15. Before coaching the Vipers, Smith spent two seasons as the head coach of the Keystone College Giants in Le Plume, Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining Keystone College, Smith had previously compiled nine years of collegiate coaching experience at Ithaca College, Allegheny College, Canton, and St. Lawrence University dating back to the 2002-03 season.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Miami Heat, Sioux Falls Skyforce, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams, D-League Misc Rumor

Thunder Renounce Rights To Tomislav Zubic

Sep 19, 2016 11:57 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have renounced their rights to Tomislav Zubcic.

In June 2015, Zubcic was acquired along with a $2.85 million trade exception by the Thunder from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Luke Ridnour and cash. The aforementioned deal helped the Thunder create roster space for Cameron Payne, who was drafted that same month in 2015.

Zubcic played 36 games for the D-League Oklahoma City Blue last season, averaging 7.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 19.8 minutes per game.

Zubic is now eligible to be signed by any team, but if he isn’t signed, he could wind up back with the Blue to start the 2016-17 season. The Blue still retains Zubcic's returning rights in the D-League.


Erik Horne/Oklahoman

Tags: Tomislav Zubcic, Oklahoma City Thunder, Oklahoma City Blue, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

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. 

RealgM Staff Report

Tags: Ronald Roberts, Brady Heslip, Reno Bighorns, Raptors 905, D-League, D-League Teams, D-League Trade Rumor, D-League Misc Rumor

Jazz Sign Quincy Ford To Partially Guaranteed Deal

Sep 7, 2016 7:16 PM

The Utah Jazz have signed Quincy Ford to a partially guaranteed deal.

Ford, a 6-foot-8 small forward out of Northeastern, will attend training camp with a $75,000 guarantee, and is expected to be on the Salt Lake City Stars roster, Utah's D-League affiliate.

The Jazz like Ford's versatility ability to play multiple positions and his positional size. 

Ford went undrafted out of Northeastern, but impressed several teams including the Jazz.

Tony Jones/Salt Lake Tribune

Tags: Quincy Ford, Utah Jazz, Salt Lake City Stars, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams