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Thanasis Antetokounmpo Joining Knicks' D-League Affiliate After Considering Europe Deals

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.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Phil Hubbard Could Become Head Coach Of D-Fenders

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.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Jonnie West Named Santa Cruz Associate GM

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.

Via Mickey Furfari/Register Herald

Dean Cooper Named Head Coach Of D-League's Stampede

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.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Agent Of Josh Huestis Proposed Delaying Rookie Contract By Going To D-League

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. 

Via Mike Prada/SB Nation
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