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Salt Lake City Stars Hire Steve Wojciechowski As Head Coach

Jun 2, 2023 1:45 PM

The Salt Lake City Stars have hired Steve Wojciechowski as head coach.

The Stars are the G League affiliate of the Utah Jazz.

Wojciechowski was previously head coach at Marquette.

“The goal in our coaching search was to find a teacher with a high basketball acumen who could connect well with our players, and we have found that with Steve,” said Marquis Newman, General Manager of the Salt Lake City Stars. “We are excited to welcome a dynamic coach like Wojo and benefit from his 22 years of experience developing NBA-level talent. We look forward to having him lead our team and continue to develop the Stars program as a tool for our young players in the Utah Jazz organization.”

“I’m honored and excited to be named the head coach of the Salt Lake City Stars,” said Wojciechowski. “My family and I have lived in Park City for the last two years, so it is special that this opportunity comes in the place I have grown to love. I am looking forward to working with the Jazz and Stars staff to foster an environment of growth and development for the players in the program as we pursue a G League championship. I am eager to get started in preparation for the 2023-24 season.”

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Tags: Utah Jazz, Salt Lake City Stars, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

Ron Holland Joins G League Ignite

May 31, 2023 2:45 PM

Ron Holland will play for the G League Ignite next season.

Holland is the No. 2 ranked senior in high school basketball for the graduating class of 2023. Holland had committed to Texas but decommitted in late April.

Holland is the No. 6 prospect in the 2024 NBA draft.

"This process was not easy," Holland told ESPN. "At times it was scary because at times I had no idea where I would be.

"The G League will help me reach my potential as a basketball player and prepare me for the NBA. To have a long career, I need to prepare my body and improve my skills as I continue to try to win games. They have a program to help develop my body and my game. I know I have to work on being a more consistent shooter, along with my footwork and ball handling, so I can score in space on the perimeter against a set defender."

Holland is a 6-foot-8 forward from Duncanville (Texas) High School.

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Tags: Ron Holland, NBA G League Ignite, High School, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, D-League, NBA Draft General, D-League Teams

Matas Buzelis Signs With G League Ignite For Next Season

May 31, 2023 10:52 AM

Matas Buzelis, the projected first overall pick in the 2024 NBA Draft, has signed with G League Ignite for next season. Buzelis is a Chicago native who holds United States and Lithuanian citizenship.

This season, Buzelis played at Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas, after transferring from Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. He won the Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year award for 2023, after winning the same award for New Hampshire the year prior.

The 18-year-old forward has measured in at 6-foot-10. Buzelis will look to follow the same path that led Jalen Green to being a high pick after playing with the Ignite. Scoot Henderson is a projected top-three pick in the 2023 draft, after he played two season for the Ignite.

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Tags: Matas Buzelis, NBA G League Ignite, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams, D-League Misc Rumor

G League To Have International Draft Program

May 10, 2023 8:30 AM

The G League will introduce a new international draft component ahead of next season. Under these new rules, international players between the ages of 18 and 21 will be able to play in the G League, without having to enter the following NBA Draft.

Currently, international players who sign with the G League between the ages of 18 and 21 become automatically eligible to be drafted in the following year's NBA Draft. The first ever international draft will be held on June 28.

The G League will set a random order for the international draft on June 19. It will consist of one round and will be held virtually. Players will have until July 7 to decide if they will play in the G League this season. Teams will hold a player's international G League rights for two seasons after drafting that player.

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Tags: D-League, D-League Misc Rumor

Suns Hoping To Launch G League Team Soon

May 2, 2023 8:41 AM

New Phoenix Suns governor Mat Ishbia touched on a number of topics in a wide-ranging interview with Boardroom. Most of the conversation was about the Suns decision to move their games to free over-the-air broadcasts for next season and beyond.

Ishbia was also asked about Phoenix being the only team without a G League affiliate club. Ishbia said that's something he hopes to change soon.

"100% I will have a G-League team. We were trying to get it done for this upcoming season, but it looks like the timing of it will be for the following season. We’re doing that as soon as we can. I’m trying to get it ready for next season, I just don’t think it’s going to work with getting the location and everything set up," Ishbia said. "But we are 100% going to have a G-League team here in Phoenix, and it’s going to be in the local community, not seven states away."

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Tags: Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Expansion

Blazers Launch G League Team For 23-24 Season

Apr 26, 2023 11:25 AM

The Portland Trail Blazers will begin operating a G League franchise for the 23-24 season, which leaves the Phoenix Suns as the only team without an affiliate.

Portland G League team will play their home games at the University of Portland.

“I’m excited to welcome Jody Allen and the Trail Blazers ownership group to the NBA G League family,” said NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim.  “The NBA G League continues to grow to meet the developmental demands of NBA teams, and today’s announcement is further proof of the value the league provides to the NBA every day.  I can’t wait to watch the team tip off at the Chiles Center next season.”

“It was very important to our organization to enter the G League with an affiliate here in Portland and strategically strengthen our dedication to player development,” said Joe Cronin, Portland Trail Blazers General Manager. “I would especially like to thank Jody Allen, who is aligned with Dewayne Hankins and myself, to make it a priority to have this team ready for next season as it will serve not only as a developmental tool for players but also for aspiring coaches and staff while we continue to be a mainstay in the community as a whole.”

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NBA, NBPA Agree To Rule Requiring All Players In Draft To Participate In Combine Testing

Apr 18, 2023 1:04 PM

The NBA and NBPA have agreed to major changes to the draft process as part of its new collective bargaining agreement.

Beginning in 2024, all invited players will be required to attend and participate in the NBA draft combine or be ineligible to be drafted until the "first subsequent draft for which the player attends and fully participates."

Participation will include league medical examinations, sharing of medical history and biomechanical and functional movement testing, as well as strength and agility testing, shooting drills, performance testing and anthropometric measurements. 

This represents a significant shift in favor of NBA teams that have long lobbied for this rule change. Agents of elite prospects have regularly strategized to keep medical information away from franchises they have perceived as less appealing.

Players who are physically unable to participate, because of playing with a FIBA club still in-season, family tragedy, the birth of a child, or an injury, as determined by the medical director of the combine, will be required to complete components at a later date. 

The second major change that will be instituted in the new CBA involves doing away with automatic eligibility for high school or collegiate players who sign professional contracts with entities such as G League Ignite, Overtime Elite (OTE) or the Australian NBL.

In the past, players who signed with such entities would be automatically eligible for the subsequent NBA draft, regardless of whether they were interested in doing so or not, provided they were turning 19 in that calendar year.

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Tags: High School, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, D-League, International, NBA Draft General, NBA CBA

Five-Star Prospect Dink Pate Signs With G League Ignite

Apr 18, 2023 1:06 AM

Dink Pate, a five-star recruit for the class of 2024, signed with the G League Ignite on Monday.

"The whole idea of why I started playing basketball was to be a pro. G League Ignite brings me one step closer to my dream. It's all about the development of my game," said Pate.

Pate, who turned 17 in March, is the youngest known professional basketball player in U.S. history. 

Pate graduated high school a year early and will join the team this summer.

Because he will not turn 19 until 2025, Pate will not be eligible for the 2024 draft. He instead will be committing two years with the Ignite before entering the 2025 draft. 


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Tags: Dink Pate, D-League, D-League Official Signing

Carlik Jones, Kenneth Lofton Jr. Headline G League First Team

Apr 13, 2023 7:09 PM

The All-NBA G League First Team is comprised of Carlik Jones, Long Island Nets guard David Duke Jr., Capital City Go-Go forward-center Jay Huff, Memphis Hustle forward-center Kenneth Lofton Jr. and Stockton Kings center Neemias Queta.

The All-NBA G League Second Team includes Sioux Falls Skyforce guard Jamaree Bouyea, Cleveland Charge guard Sharife Cooper, Rio Grande Valley Vipers forward Darius Days, and Maine Celtics center Mfiondu Kabengele and forward Luka Samanic.

The All-NBA G League Third Team features Fort Wayne Mad Ants forward Justin Anderson, Long Island Nets guard Chris Chiozza, Ontario Clippers center Moussa Diabaté and guard Xavier Moon, as well as Cleveland Charge forward Isaiah Mobley.

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Nets Sign RaiQuan Gray To Two-Way Contract

Apr 8, 2023 2:09 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have signed forward RaiQuan Gray to a two-way contract. Gray played in 30 games with the Long Island Nets of the G League this season.

Gray averaged 14.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.7 steals in his second season with Long Island. He improved drastically as a shooter this season too. The 6-foot-7 forward shot 41% as a rookie and 55% this season. He also improved from 18% on three-pointers last season to 30% this season.


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Grizzlies Waive Kennedy Chandler; Sign Kenneth Lofton Jr To Multi-Year Deal; Sign Jacob Gilyard To Two-Way

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Nets Convert David Duke Jr. To Standard NBA Contract

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Pelicans Waive Dereon Seabron From Two-Way

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Carlik Jones Named G League MVP

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Lester Quinones Named G League Most Improved Player

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Jay Huff Named G League Defensive Player Of The Year

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Kenneth Lofton Jr. Named G League Rookie Of The Year

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Ronnie Burrell Named G League Coach Of The Year

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Darius Days Named G League Player Of The Month For March

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Mfiondu Kabengele Named G League Player Of The Week

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Magic To Sign Jay Scrubb To Two-Way Contract

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Scoot Henderson Shut Down For Remainder Of G League Season

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Mac McClung Named G League Player Of The Week

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Lindell Wigginton, Bucks Sign Two-Way Contract

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Thunder Sign Jared Butler To Two-Way Contract

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Clippers Sign Xavier Moon To Two-Way Contract, Waive Keaton Wallace

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Lester Quinones Named G League Player Of The Week

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Knicks To Sign Duane Washington Jr To Two-Way Contract

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Spurs Claim Julian Champagnie Off Waivers On Two-Way Contract

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Grant Tiller Named G League Player Of The Week

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