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Blazers Could Put G League Affiliate At Nike World Headquarters

Apr 17, 2018 4:13 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers are considering having their G League affiliate play their home games at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.

There had also been suggestions of putting the team in Seattle until that market gets an NBA team again.

The Blazers and Pelicans are the final two NBA teams without a dedicated G League affiliate.

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Tags: Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, D-League

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NBA To Increase Salaries For G League Players To $35,000

Apr 17, 2018 12:18 PM

G League players will earn higher salaries for the 18-19 season.

Players signed to G League contracts will earn $35,000 — or $7,000 per month — in addition to housing and insurance benefits over the course of the league’s five-month regular season.

Players under G League contracts previously earned either $26,000 or $19,000. The increase will represent a pay raise of 35 percent or 84 percent, depending on the player’s classification.

There will also be affiliate player bonuses worth as much as $44,000.

Starting next season, two-way deals will pay $77,250 in the G League (prorated for days spent on a G League roster) and an N.B.A. rookie minimum salary prorated for days spent with their N.B.A. team.

The $77,250 is an increase from $75,000 this season, and it means the maximum potential earnings for two-way players in the 2018-19 season will be $385,000.

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Lorenzo Brown, Quinn Cook Headline 2018 All-NBA G League First Team

Apr 16, 2018 1:32 PM

Lorenzo Brown headlines the 2017-18 All-NBA G League First Team

Brown, who averaged 18.8 points and 8.9 assists for Raptors 905, is joined on the All-NBA G League First Team by South Bay Lakers center Thomas Bryant, Santa Cruz Warriors guard Quinn Cook, Salt Lake City Stars forward Georges Niang and Texas Legends forward Jameel Warney. All five members of the First Team played in both the NBA and NBA G League during the 2017-18 season, with Brown, Cook and Niang as NBA two-way players Bryant as an assignee and Warney earning a GATORADE Call-Up.   

The All-NBA G League Second Team features four NBA two-way players: guard Antonio Blakeney (Windy City Bulls/Chicago Bulls), guard Alex Caruso (South Bay Lakers/Los Angeles Lakers), forward Amile Jefferson (Iowa Wolves/Minnesota Timberwolves) and forward Johnathan Motley (Texas Legends/Dallas Mavericks). Forward Christian Wood of the Delaware Blue Coats rounds out the Second Team.  

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Tags: Lorenzo Brown, Toronto Raptors, Raptors 905, NBA, D-League, D-League Award, D-League Teams

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Jerry Stackhouse To Interview With Hornets, Magic, Knicks

Apr 16, 2018 1:16 PM

The Charlotte Hornets and Orlando Magic plan on interviewing Jerry Stackhouse.

Stackhouse will also interview with the New York Knicks.

Stackhouse is currently head coach of Raptors 905 of the G League.

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Tags: Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, Raptors 905, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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Wolves Convert Amile Jefferson To Standard NBA Contract

Apr 11, 2018 4:00 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have converted forward Amile Jefferson’s two-way contract to a standard NBA contract.

Jefferson appeared in 45 games for the Iowa Wolves, Minnesota’s NBA G League affiliate, averaging 17.8 points, a league-leading 12.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

The 6-9 forward set a G League record with 36 double-doubles. Jefferson was signed by the Timberwolves to a two-way contract on Jan. 15, 2018.

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Lorenzo Brown Named G League Most Valuable Player

Apr 10, 2018 1:36 PM

Raptors 905 guard Lorenzo Brown was named the 2017-18 NBA G League Most Valuable Player in a vote by the league’s 26 head coaches and general managers.

Brown (6-5, 187, North Carolina State), who signed a two-way contract with the Toronto Raptors last July, averaged team highs of 18.8 points, 8.9 assists and 1.78 steals in 32 games (all starts) for defending NBA G League champion Raptors 905. 

He also averaged 5.2 rebounds and shot 46.8 percent from the field.  Raptors 905 (31-19) went 25-7 with Brown in the lineup.  

In his fifth NBA G League season, Brown helped lead Raptors 905 to the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.  Raptors 905 defeated the Grand Rapids Drive in the first round, the Westchester Knicks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals and the Erie BayHawks in the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA G League Playoffs. The team currently trails the Austin Spurs 1-0 in the NBA G League Finals.

Santa Cruz Warriors guard Quinn Cook, a two-way player with the Golden State Warriors, finished second in the NBA G League MVP voting. Westchester Knicks guard Trey Burke, who was called up by the New York Knicks in January, finished third.

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Kings Will Relocate G League Affiliate From Reno To Stockton

Apr 10, 2018 1:35 PM

The Sacramento Kings will relocate their G League affiliate from Reno to Stockton. The franchise will also change their name from the Bighorns.

The Kings have been affiliated with Reno since 2008.

Stockton is a 45-minute drive from the Golden 1 Center compared to a two-hour drive through a mountain pass to Reno.

“With the addition of NBA G League Basketball in the Central Valley, each of California’s NBA franchises have a powerful asset within an hour of their headquarters to help develop their players and expand their fan bases with elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere,” NBA G League President Malcolm Turner said.

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Lakers Sign Andre Ingram For Remainder Of Season

Apr 9, 2018 4:25 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard Andre Ingram for the rest of the season.

Ingram averaged 9.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 47 games (seven starts) for the South Bay Lakers this season, shooting a league-best 47.5 percent from three-point range. The G League’s all-time leader in three-pointers made (713) owns career G League averages of 10.2 points (.464 FG%, .461 3P%), 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 384 games.

The Lakers roster stands at 17, including two two-way players.

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Antonio Blakeney Named G League Rookie Of The Year

Apr 5, 2018 12:15 PM

Antonio Blakeney has been named the 2017-18 NBA G League Rookie of the Year. The award, voted on by the league’s 26 head coaches and general managers, recognizes the first-year professional who most significantly contributed to his team’s success during the season.

Blakeney (6-4, 197, LSU) averaged an NBA G League-high 32.0 points to go with 6.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.25 steals in 32 games for Windy City, which went 17-15 with him in the lineup. The 21-year-old guard, who signed a two-way contract with the Chicago Bulls last July after playing with the team at NBA Summer League 2017, shot 45.9 percent from the field and 86.2 percent from the free throw line.

Blakeney has appeared in 19 games with the Chicago Bulls, averaging 7.9 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists. He has scored a season-high 16 points twice, most recently against the New York Knicks on March 19.

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DeQuan Jones Named G League Most Improved Player

Apr 3, 2018 4:11 PM

DeQuan Jones has been named the 2017-18 NBA G League Most Improved Player.  Voted on by the league’s 26 head coaches and general managers, the award honors the player who demonstrated the most significant improvement during the 2017-18 season.  

In his second NBA G League season and first with the Mad Ants, Jones (6-8, 221, Miami) averaged 18.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 30.6 minutes in 49 games (48 starts). He also shot 50.8 percent from the field and ranked ninth in the NBA G League in three-point field goal percentage at 43.3.

Jones began the season by averaging 12.7 points and shooting 47.2 percent from the field and 31.6 percent from three-point range over nine games in November.  He produced a breakout month in February, averaging 26.5 points and shooting 58.8 percent from the field and 45.7 percent from beyond the arc in eight games to earn NBA G League Player of the Month honors.

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Hawks Sign Jeremy Evans To 10-Day Contract
Jeremy Evans averaged 15.3 points and 9.9 rebounds in 30.7 minutes per game in the G League.

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Malik Rose Named 2018 G League Executive Of The Year
Malik Rose is in his first season as a G League general manager and oversaw the Erie BayHawks.

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Tim Quarterman To Sign 10-Day Contract With Rockets
Tim Quarterman is averaging 8.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 25.6 minutes per game this season in the G League,

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Darius Bazley Will Enter G League Directly From High School
Darius Bazley is a projected top-10 selection in the 2019 NBA Draft.

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76ers Waive James Young
James Young appeared in six games with Philadelphia, averaging 2.8 points in 10.2 minutes.

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Zeke Upshaw Passes Away Days After On-Court Collapse
Zeke Upshaw has passed away at the age of 26 after collapsing during a G League game on Friday.

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Bulls Sign CJ Fair, Waive Jaylen Johnson
CJ Fair has averaged 10.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 25.4 minutes per game in the G League.

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Bulls Sign Jaylen Johnson
Jaylen Johnson holds G League averages of 11.7 points, 7.6 boards and 2.9 assists in 29.0 minutes per game.

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Grizzlies Sign Marquis Teague To 10-Day Contract
Marquis Teague has averaged 17.6 points. 3.4 rebounds and 6.1 assists in 32.5 minutes per game this season in the G League.

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David Stockton Signs 10-Day Contract With Jazz
David Stockton was averaging 16.3 points and 5.2 assists per game in the G League.

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Grizzlies Sign Xavier Rathan-Mayes To 10-Day Contract
Xavier Rathan-Mayes has been playing with Westchester.

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Australian NBL Creates Rule To Attract U.S. One-And-Dones
Terrance Ferguson spent one season in Australia before he was a first round pick.

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Lakers Sign Travis Wear To 10-Day Contract
Travis Wear is averaging 16.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in the G League.

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Jarell Eddie Likely To Sign 10-Day Contract With Bulls
Jarell Eddie was with the Bulls during preseason.

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LeBron James: NBA Needs To Expand G League As Alternative To 'Corrupt' NCAA
LeBron James has two sons who are expected to be high level recruits and he also aspires to someday own an NBA team.

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Hawks Sign Jaylen Morris To 10-Day Contract
Jaylen Morris is averaging 12.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 39 games in the G League.

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Cavaliers Sign Marcus Thornton To 10-Day Contract
Marcus Thornton has averaged 18.8 points per game this season for the Canton Charge.

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Pacers Sign Trey McKinney-Jones To 10-Day Contract
Trey McKinney-Jones is averaging 11.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 26.8 minutes per game this season in the G League.

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Suns Sign Shaq Harrison To 10-Day Contract, Waive Josh Gray
Shaq Harrison is averaging 11.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 29.9 minutes per game this season in the G League for the Northern Arizona Suns.

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Herd Acquire Brandon Jennings Off Waivers
Brandon Jennings average 27.9 points, 6.8 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game in China.

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