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Blazers To Sign Trendon Watford To Two-Way Deal

Jul 30, 2021 1:06 AM

The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to sign Trendon Watford to a Two-Way contract.

Watford averaged 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 34.5 minutes in his sophomore season with LSU.

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Joel Ayayi, Austin Reaves Agree To Two-Way Contracts With Lakers

Jul 30, 2021 12:54 AM

Joel Ayayi and Austin Reaves have agreed to Two-Way contracts with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Ayayi averaged 12.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists during his redshirt junior season with Gonzaga. Ayayi shot 38.9 percent on three-pointers. 

Reaves transferred from Wichita State to Oklahoma in 2018. As a senior, Reaves averaged 18.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 34.6 minutes per game.

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Jason Hart To Become Next Head Coach Of G League Ignite

Jul 28, 2021 2:31 PM

Jason Hart will become the next head coach of the G League Ignite. The Ignite are based in California, but are expected to play a more traditional G League schedule this year after participating in the G League bubble in Orlando last year.

Hart replaces Brian Shaw in the role, who left his position to become the top assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Hart has been at USC since 2013, serving as associate head coach for the past four years.

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Tags: NBA G League Ignite, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

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Pelicans G-League Franchise To Be Named Birmingham Squadron

Jul 26, 2021 4:26 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans unveiled the Birmingham Squadron as their new NBA G-League affiliate. The team will begin play with the 2021-22 G-League season in Birmingham, Alabama in a newly renovated Legacy Arena.

The franchise moniker of Squadron honors the region's military history, as well as tying into their NBA affiliate. The team's name and elements of their logo pay homage to 99th Pursuit Squadron. That unit was the United States Air Force's first all-Black flying unit that trained in Tuskegee, Alabama. In addition, a group of pelicans is called a squadron, while the team's color scheme and elements of their logos tie to New Orleans.

The Pelicans had previously been affiliated with the Erie BayHawks in Erie, Pennsylvania. As have many NBA teams, New Orleans wanted their G-League affiliate to be closer to their NBA home base. This allows for players to be assigned back and forth to the G-League for games and practices easier, with shortened travel requirements.

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Clippers Close To Hiring Brian Shaw As Assistant Coach

Jul 15, 2021 4:47 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers are in serious talks to hire Brian Shaw as an assistant coach on the staff of Tyronn Lue.

Shaw spent last season as head coach of the G League Ignite. 

Shaw last worked in the NBA from 2016 until 2019 as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers under Luke Walton. Previously, Shaw was head coach of the Denver Nuggets.

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Jalen Lewis Signs Multi-Year Deal With Overtime Elite

Jul 9, 2021 10:29 AM

Jalen Lewis is signing a multi-year deal with the Overtime Elite professional league worth more than $1 million.

Lewis, 16 and born in 2005, is the youngest prospect ever to turn pro in America. 

Lewis is the 12th ranked prospect int he class of 2023 with interest from Kentucky, Duke and UCLA.

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Long Island Nets Hire Adam Caporn As Head Coach

Jul 6, 2021 12:37 PM

The Long Island Nets, the NBA G League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, have named Adam Caporn as head coach.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Adam and his family to Long Island,” said Long Island Nets General Manager Matt Riccardi. “Adam’s accomplished record of developing players and driving culture on the international, professional and amateur levels has prepared him well to lead the Long Island Nets. We look forward to seeing how his extensive knowledge of the game and focus on individual development will shape the team’s promising talent on and off the court.”

Caporn joins the Nets after spending the last seven seasons (2014-21) as head coach of Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence, the country’s leading player development program. He currently serves as an assistant coach for the Australian National Team, a position he has held since 2017, and will help lead the Boomers in the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games.

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G League Ignite Expected To Extend Brian Shaw Contract

Jun 25, 2021 1:14 AM

Brian Shaw is expected to sign the G League Ignite's extension offer to remain as head coach, sources told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.

The Ignite had a 8-7 record this season, which was held in the bubble.

Shaw has nearly 30 years of NBA experience as a player and a coach. 

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Australia's Dyson Daniels Signs With G League Ignite

Jun 20, 2021 6:59 PM

Dyson Daniels signed for the G League Ignite, he told ESPN on Sunday.

The 18-year-old is the No. 18 prospect in the ESPN 2022 mock draft.

Daniels is considered the best non-draft eligible prospect in Australia, and is the first highly touted prospect the Ignite have landed from outside of the U.S. high school system.

"I felt like growing up and always playing against men and people older than me that I was ready to take the step into the pro world, so college was the first option I eliminated," Daniels said. "I felt like trying to make the NBA, Ignite has the best development and learning to play the NBA playing style is going to help benefit me more."

Daniels joins the likes of Jaden HardyScoot Henderson and Michael Foster on the roster for next season. 

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Tags: Dyson Daniels, D-League, D-League Official Signing

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Projected No. 1 Pick In 2023 Victor Wembanyama Leaves Nanterre

Jun 18, 2021 1:54 PM

Victor Wembanyama has left Nanterre with his next destination not currently known.

Wembanyama is the projected No. 1 pick in the 2023 NBA draft.

The G League Ignite and Overtime Elite have each been recuriting Wembanyama for some time.

Wembanyama averaged 8.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 19.1 minutes per game last season for Nanterre.

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Jalen Green: I'm The Best Prospect In This Draft

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No. 2 Ranked Jaden Hardy Signs With G League Ignite

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Bobby Jackson Hired As Head Coach Of Stockton Kings

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Scoot Henderson Signs $1M Contract With G League Ignite

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Jaden Hardy To Sign With G League Ignite

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76ers Sign Gary Clark To Two-Way Deal

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NBA G League To Launch Franchise In Mexico City For 21-22 Season

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Nuggets To Partner With Grand Rapids Drive To Become Single Affiliation Team

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Fanbo Zeng Decommits From Gonzaga, Expected To Join G League Ignite

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Michael Foster Jr. Signs With G League Ignite

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Cavaliers Sign Jeremiah Martin To Two-Way Contract

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Kai Sotto Agrees To Multi-Year Deal With Adelaide

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Raptors Sign Yuta Watanabe To Standard NBA Contract

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Kevin Ollie Hired As Head Coach Of Overtime Elite

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Pelicans Sign James Nunnally To Two-Way Contract

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Gary Payton II Agrees To 10-Day Deal With Warriors

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Nuggets Sign Shaq Harrison To Two-Way Deal, Waive Greg Whittington

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TJ Leaf Agrees To Two-Way Contract With Blazers

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Paul Reed Named G League MVP, Rookie Of The Year

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Gary Payton II Named G League Defensive Player Of The Year

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