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Shareef Abdur-Rahim Named President Of G League

Dec 11, 2018 9:42 AM

NBA Vice President of Basketball Operations and former NBA All-Star Shareef Abdur-Rahim has been named President of the NBA G League, it was announced today by NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum. Abdur-Rahim will replace Malcolm Turner, who will step down Jan. 11, 2019, to become the Athletics Director at Vanderbilt University.

In his new role, Abdur-Rahim will be responsible for all aspects of the NBA G League’s business and basketball operations, including the implementation of the newly formed professional path, ongoing testing of experimental rules and league-wide expansion efforts.

“Shareef’s unique experiences as a player, team executive and member of the NBA’s Basketball Operations department make him a fantastic fit to be the next President of the NBA G League,” said Tatum. “He is well-prepared to build on the tremendous progress that the NBA G League has made under Malcolm, who deftly oversaw a pivotal period of expansion and transition. We thank Malcolm for his lasting contributions to the NBA and the NBA G League and wish him the best at Vanderbilt.”

Abdur-Rahim, who turned 42 today, previously worked five years with the Sacramento Kings, serving as an assistant general manager and assistant coach as well as spending the 2013-14 season as general manager of the NBA G League’s Reno Bighorns (now known as the Stockton Kings). Abdur-Rahim earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.

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Chris Boucher Named G League Player Of The Month

Dec 4, 2018 4:12 PM

Chris Boucher has been named the G League Player of the Month for November.

Boucher averaged 29.6 points, 12.1 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game in November. 

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Suns Continuing To Look For Short-Term Solution At Point Guard

Dec 4, 2018 9:22 AM

The Phoenix Suns have continued to look for a short-term solution at point guard.

The Suns have considered trade targets, unsigned free agents and G League players.

Phoenix will host Darius Morris of the Santa Cruz Warriors for a visit this week.

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Kay Felder Released By Raptors 905 After Domestic Violence Charge

Dec 4, 2018 9:15 AM

Kay Felder has been released by Raptors 905 following a domestic violence charge.

Raptors 905 released a statement Monday afternoon:

"On Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, Raptors 905 guard Kay Felder was charged by police in connection with an allegation of domestic violence. Raptors 905 have waived Felder, effective immediately. As this matter is before the courts, Raptors 905 will not comment further."

Felder had been averaging 18.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 6.5 assists in 11 games for Raptors 905 this season.

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Cavs Waive Preston, Harrison From Two-Way Contracts, Sign Blossomgame, Jalen Jones

Dec 2, 2018 12:09 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived Billy Preston and Andrew Harrison from their Two-Way contracts.

The Cavaliers then signed Jaron Blossomgame and Jalen Jones to Two-Way contracts.

In five G League games with Canton, Blossomgame is averaging 17.2 points on 49.2 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from 3-point range.

After being waived by the New Orleans Pelicans last January, Jones spent the rest of the 2017-18 season with the Dallas Mavericks on a Two-Way deal, appearing in 12 NBA games while averaging 5.8 points on 13.5 minutes. 

 

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Celtics Waive Walter Lemon Jr. From Two-Way Contract

Nov 29, 2018 5:10 PM

The Boston Celtics have waived Walter Lemon Jr.

Lemon was on a two-way contract with the Celtics.

Lemon was averaging 23.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 36.6 minutes per game in the G League this season.

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Rockets To Sign Danuel House From G League

Nov 26, 2018 12:49 PM

The Houston Rockets will sign Danuel House from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the G League.

House has traveled to join the Rockets in Washington.

House appeared in 23 games last season with the Phoenix Suns. This season in the G League, House is averaging 20.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 32.8 minutes per game.

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G League Hires Allison Feaster, Rod Strickland For Professional Path Initative

Nov 21, 2018 9:34 AM

The NBA G League announced that former WNBA player Allison Feaster will lead its professional path initiative and former NBA player Rod Strickland will serve as the professional path’s program manager. 

Strickland, who played in the NBA for 17 seasons and brings a wealth of collegiate and amateur coaching and administrative experience, will focus on educating elite prospects about the comprehensive components of the NBA G League’s professional path. 

Feaster, who had a successful 10-year playing career in the WNBA, will helm a group tasked with identifying those eligible players and overseeing the implementation of the professional path initiative. She has been serving as head of NBA G League player personnel and coach relations since last year. 

“I’m thrilled to welcome Rod to the NBA G League family and for Allison to assume this important role,” said NBA G League President Malcolm Turner.  “I’m confident that we are positioned to successfully inform elite young players and their families about the NBA G League’s newly-created professional path, which can help them accelerate their NBA ambitions.”

“Mentorship has always been important to me, from guiding younger teammates as a player to working in the collegiate ranks as a coach and administrator,” said Strickland.  “I’m looking forward to talking to the next generation of NBA players about the opportunities they have in the NBA G League.” 

“The NBA G League is filled with talented players working alongside dedicated coaches to achieve their NBA dreams,” said Feaster.  “I’m excited to lead a group that will identify the next wave of elite players who may want to join that pursuit before they’re eligible for the NBA Draft.”

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Cavaliers Sign Andrew Harrison To Two-Way Contract, Waive John Holland

Nov 9, 2018 12:50 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed Andrew Harrison to a two-way contract.

Harrison (6-6, 213) appeared in one game with the Memphis Grizzlies this season. 

In a related move, the Cavaliers waived Two-Way forward John Holland.

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Wizards Sign Chasson Randle

Oct 30, 2018 4:39 PM

The Washington Wizards have signed Chasson Randle from the Capital City Go-Go.

Randle (6-3, 185) spent 2018 training camp with the Wizards and appeared in three preseason games, where he averaged 5.3 points and 2.6 assists per game.

The 25-year-old guard spent the 2016-17 season split between the Philadelphia 76ers and New York Knicks, appearing in 26 total games and averaging 5.3 points per game. The Stanford graduate also appeared in 21 NBA G League games in 2016-17, averaging 20.5 points per game in those contests. Randle spent the 2017-18 season with Real Madrid in Spain, averaging 3.6 points per game in 46 games

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Michele Roberts Anticipates Possible Unionization Of G League Players
Michele Roberts reacted to an announcement from the NBA that the G League will have "Special Contracts" available for top prep stars who wish to forego college.

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G League Showcase Set For Las Vegas On Dec. 19-22
The event will be held in December, allowing NBA team personnel the opportunity to scout in advance of the 10-day signing period and two-way guarantee deadline.

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Darius Bazley Signs Endorsement Deal With New Balance
Darius Bazley will spend the season training ahead of the 2019 NBA Draft.

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Willie Reed Selected No. 1 In G League Draft By Salt Lake City
Willie Reed and Chinanu Onuaku were the top two selections in the G League draft.

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Lakers Sign Johnathan Williams To Two-Way Deal, Waive Travis Wear
Johnathan Williams played in all six preseason games for the Lakers, averaging 6.8 points and 4.3 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game.

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G League To Offer $125k Salaries To Elite One-And-Done Prospects
While changes to the NBA's age limit likely won't be implemented until the 2022 draft, the league considers this an immediate response.

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Rockets Convert Gary Clark, Vince Edwards To Two-Way Deals
Vince Edwards was a second round pick in 2018 out of Purdue.

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Pistons Convert Zach Lofton To Two-Way Deal, Waive Reggie Hearn
Zach Lofton appeared in four games with the Pistons this preseason.

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Hornets Convert Joe Chealey To Two-Way Deal
Joe Chealey went undrafted in 2018 out of Charleston.

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Warriors Sign Jaleel Cousins To Exhibit 10 Deal
Jaleel Cousins will play for the Santa Cruz Warriors.

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Nets Convert Theo Pinson To Two-Way Contract
Theo Pinson went undrafted in 2018 out of North Carolina.

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Rockets Agree To Sign Brandon Sampson To Exhibit 10 Deal
Brandon Sampson played for the Atlanta Hawks in Summer League.

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Josh Huestis Agrees To Exhibit 10 Deal With Spurs
Josh Huestis averaged 14.2 minutes per game over 69 appearances in 17-18 with the Thunder.

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Grizzlies Sign D.J. Stephens To Two-Way Contract
D.J. Stephens spent last season in France with Le Mans.

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Anthony Carter Hired By Heat As Player Development Coach
Anthony Carter will be involved in all aspects of player development for the Heat and implementing Miami's player development and mentorship programs with the Heatís G League affiliate.

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Spurs Sign Amida Brimah, Julian Washburn To Camp Deals
Amida Brimah was with the Spurs for preseason in 2017 and then played for the Austin Spurs of the G League.

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Spurs Sign Drew Eubanks To Two-Way Deal
Drew Eubanks went undrafted out of Oregon State.

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Joe Wolf Named Head Coach Of Greensboro Swarm
Joe Wolf played collegiately at North Carolina.

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Grizzlies Waive Kobi Simmons From Two-Way Contract
Kobi Simmons averaged 6.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 20.1 minutes per game last season with the Grizzlies.

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Darius Bazley Won't Play In G League, Will Train On His Own For 2019 NBA Draft
Darius Bazley decommitted from Syracuse in March.

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