G League WiretapApril 2021 G League Wiretap

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

Apr 27, 2021 1:13 PM

The NBA G League, Denver Nuggets and Grand Rapids Drive announced that the teams have entered into a single affiliation “hybrid” partnership beginning with the 2021-22 season. 

As hybrid affiliates, the Nuggets will control the Drive’s basketball operations and existing local ownership in Grand Rapids, Mich., led by Steve Jbara and a team of investors, will oversee the franchise’s business operations and community engagement.  Grand Rapids, which will announce a new name and identity in the coming weeks, was previously the hybrid affiliate of the Detroit Pistons.  

“The NBA G League continues to be an essential destination for player development, and I’m so pleased to welcome the Kroenke family and the Denver Nuggets to the league,” said NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim.  “Steve Jbara and his team in Grand Rapids run an outstanding organization and I’m excited for this partnership to take both teams to new heights.”

“We are extremely excited about this partnership and look forward to what the future holds for our franchises,” said Nuggets President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly. “We know that Grand Rapids is an excellent organization and the collaboration we can have with our own G League team is something that will be hugely beneficial to our players, staff and organization. It’s just a great situation for all parties involved.”

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Tags: Denver Nuggets, Grand Rapids Drive, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

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

Apr 24, 2021 12:16 PM

China's top basketball prospect Fanbo Zeng is decommitting from Gonzaga to join the G League Ignite, sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Zeng, a four-star high school recruit, will be eligible for the 2022 NBA Draft.

Zeng joins Michael Foster in joining the Ignite team this week. 

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Tags: Kevin Zeng, NBA G League Ignite, D-League, D-League Teams, D-League Official Signing

Michael Foster Jr. Signs With G League Ignite

Apr 23, 2021 4:37 PM

Michael Foster Jr. has signed to play with the G League Ignite during the 21-22 season.

Foster is ESPN's No. 7 prospect in the Class of 2021 and the first player to join the Ignite for next season.

A 2021 McDonald’s All-American, Foster spent his last two high school seasons at Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix, where he averaged 32.2 points and 18.4 rebounds as a senior and 26.3 points, 13.4 rebounds and 6.1 blocks as a junior.

Foster is a native of Milwaukee. 

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Tags: Michael Foster, NBA G League Ignite, High School, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, D-League, NBA Draft General, D-League Teams

Cavaliers Sign Jeremiah Martin To Two-Way Contract

Apr 22, 2021 4:09 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers will sign Jeremiah Martin to a Two-Way contract.

Martin appeared in nine games with the Brooklyn Nets during the 19-20 season. 

Playing for the Long Island Nets in the G League this season, Martin averaging 18.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 31.8 minutes per game.

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Tags: Jeremiah Martin, Cleveland Cavaliers, Canton Charge, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

Kai Sotto Agrees To Multi-Year Deal With Adelaide

Apr 20, 2021 11:08 PM

Kai Sotto has agreed to a multi-year deal with the Adelaide 36ers of the National Basketball League in Australia.

Sotto, a 7'2 center from the Philippines, joined the G League Ignite roster this season.

Sotto will be eligible for the 2022 NBA draft beginning in 2022.

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Tags: Kai Sotto, Adelaide, NCAA, NBA, D-League, International, International Teams

Raptors Sign Yuta Watanabe To Standard NBA Contract

Apr 19, 2021 8:37 AM

The Toronto Raptors have signed forward Yuta Watanabe to a standard NBA contract. 

Watanabe, 6-foot-9, 205 pounds, is averaging 4.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 13.4 minutes in 39 games (one start) as a two-way player with the Raptors this season. He is shooting .448 (56-125) from the field, including .400 (24-40) from three-point range, and has scored in double figures six times. Watanabe recorded a career-high 21 points Apr. 16 vs. Orlando.

A native of Japan, Watanabe spent the last two seasons (2018-20) as a two-way player with Memphis. He played collegiately at George Washington (2014-18) where he was named Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.  

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Tags: Yuta Watanabe, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League

Kevin Ollie Hired As Head Coach Of Overtime Elite

Apr 12, 2021 11:13 AM

Kevin Ollie has been hired as head coach and director of player development for the Overtime Elite, a new professional basketball league for top prospects between the ages of 16 and 18.

"I'm ready to get back to what I was born to do: empowering and encouraging and supporting young people, and helping them grow," Ollie said in a statement. "There's no better place for me to do that than OTE, an extraordinary league for extraordinary young men. I consider it my mission to help these elite athletes realize their dreams."

Ollie played in the NBA and won a National Championship as head coach of UConn.

The OTE's plan is to offer six-figure financial packages and an academic tutoring component for high school players to compete against prep school and international teams in a year-round training program.

These players would lose college eligibility but be able to advance toward the G League and NBA draft in a more basketball-intensive environment.

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Tags: High School, NCAA, NBA, D-League

Pelicans Sign James Nunnally To Two-Way Contract

Apr 12, 2021 11:02 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans will sign James Nunnally to a Two-Way contract.

Nunnally hasn't played in the NBA since the 18-19 season, most recently with the Houston Rockets.

Nunnally played for Fenerbahce Ulker in Turkey during the 19-20 season.

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Tags: James Nunnally, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League

Gary Payton II Agrees To 10-Day Deal With Warriors

Apr 8, 2021 1:06 PM

The Golden State Warriors have agreed to sign Gary Payton II to a 10-day contract.

Payton went undrafted in 2016 out of Oregon State and has played for several NBA teams.

Payton was the 2021 Defensive Player of the Year in the G League with Raptors 905.

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Tags: Gary Payton II, Golden State Warriors, Santa Cruz Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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

Apr 8, 2021 10:52 AM

The Denver Nuggets have agreed to sign Shaq Harrison to a Two-Way contract.

Harrison played part of the 20-21 season with the Utah Jazz before he was waived.

The Nuggets will waive Greg Whittington to make room for Harrison. 

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Tags: Shaquille Harrison, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, NBA Waiver

TJ Leaf Agrees To Two-Way Contract With Blazers

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