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Suns Announce Valley Suns As G League Affiliate

May 23, 2024 9:20 AM

The Phoenix Suns announced that their new G League affiliate will be called the Valley Suns. The team will begin play with the 2024-25 G League season.

Phoenix sold their G League affiliate to the Detroit Pistons ahead of the 2021-22 season. Suns CEO Josh Bartelstein was part of making that acquisition happen for the Pistons. Now, he's on the other side of bringing a G League affiliate back to the Suns organization.

“Ironically enough, I was the one on the other side buying the team from the Suns and getting it to Detroit, and now three years later, I’m here,” Bartelstein laughed. “It’s really, really important. I mean, the G-League is a staple of many NBA franchises.”

The Suns had been the only team without a G League affiliate. The Portland Trail Blazers launched the Rip City Remix last season, leaving Phoenix the lone unaffiliated NBA franchise.

The G League now has 31 teams. The Mexico City Capitanes are the only unaffiliated G League team, as G League Ignite has ceased operations.

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

NBA, Sportsbooks Discuss Prohibiting Bets On Two-Way Players

May 5, 2024 8:10 AM

The NBA has held discussions with partner sportsbooks about potential changes to prevent a recurrence of what occurred with Jontay Parker. 

Sportsbooks could prohibit betting on players on Two-Way contracts.

The NBA has commercial contracts with sportsbooks such as BetMGM, DraftKings and FanDuel that give the league some influence on what types of wagers are offered.

The NBA issued a lifetime ban to Porter after it was allegedly found he passed along information about his health to a known gambler and manipulated his performance for betting purposes in at least one game. The league also accused Porter of placing at least 13 bets on the NBA using an associate's online betting account. 

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Tags: NBA, D-League

Olivier Sarr Suffers Left Achilles Tendon Rupture

Apr 17, 2024 9:10 PM

Olivier Sarr sustained a left Achilles tendon rupture during Game 3 of the G League Finals this past Monday night.

A timeline for Sarr’s return to play will be updated in the coming months. 

In 15 games this season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Sarr averaged 2.3 points on 56.0% shooting to go along with 2.4 rebounds in 6.5 minutes. Sarr also saw action in 18 games with the Blue and averaged 14.0 points, 13.1 rebounds (2nd in G League) and 2.3 blocks in 28.2 minutes. 

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Tags: Olivier Sarr, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Injury, D-League

Oklahoma City Blue Wins G League Title

Apr 16, 2024 2:02 AM

The Oklahoma City Blue won its first ever G League Championship after beating the Maine Celtics 117-100 on Monday night.

The Blue won the best-of-three series 2-1.

Ousmane Dieng was named the MVP after finishing with 25 points, six rebounds, and four assists.

JD Davison lead Maine with 22 points and 10 assists.

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Tags: Ousmane Dieng, D-League

Pelicans Convert Matt Ryan To Standard Contract

Apr 13, 2024 5:27 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have converted forward Matt Ryan to a standard NBA contract. Ryan had been playing for the Pelicans on a two-way deal.

This season, Ryan has appeared in 27 NBA games for New Orleans. The 6-foot-6 forward has averaged 5.6 points and shot 45.1% on three-pointers.

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Tags: Matt Ryan, New Orleans Pelicans, Birmingham Squadron, NBA, NBA Official Signing, D-League, D-League Teams, D-League Misc Rumor

Warriors Converting Usman Garuba To Standard Contract

Apr 13, 2024 12:50 PM

The Golden State Warriors are converting Usman Garuba to a standard contract. Garuba had played with the Warriors on a two-way contract this season. Garuba will be eligible to play in the postseason after being converted.

The 6-foot-8 big man only appeared in five NBA games this season. In 35 G League games with the Santa Cruz Warriors, Garuba averaged 12.5 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.

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Tags: Usman Garuba, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, D-League, D-League Misc Rumor

Sixers Signing Ricky Council IV To Four-Year, $7.4M Deal

Apr 13, 2024 12:43 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers are filling their final open roster with an internal promotion. The Sixers are signing guard Ricky Council to a four-year, $7.4 million contract. Council has been with Philadelphia on a two-way contract. Council will be eligible to play in the postseason for the Sixers.

Council signed a two-way deal with the 76ers after going undrafted out of Arkansas at the 2023 NBA Draft. He's appeared in 31 NBA games this season and averaged 5.5 points on 48.2% shooting.

In 27 G League games this season, the 6-foot-6 wing averaged 23.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and a steal per game. In two G League playoff games for the Delaware Blue Coats, Council averaged 29.5 points.

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Tags: Ricky Council IV, Philadelphia Sixers, Delaware Blue Coats, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams, D-League Misc Rumor

Matas Buzelis Declares For NBA Draft

Apr 12, 2024 1:43 PM

Matas Buzelis of G League Ignite will declare as an Early Entry Candidate for the 2024 NBA Draft. Buzelis grew up in the United States, but plays for Lithuania in international competitions.

In 34 games (32 starts), the 6-foot-10 forward averaged 14.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. Buzelis shot 45.5% from the field and 69.6% from the free throw line.

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

Lindsey Harding To Interview For Hornets' Head Coaching Job

Apr 8, 2024 9:36 PM

Sacramento Kings G League coach Lindsey Harding will interview for the Charlotte Hornets' head-coaching job.

Harding was voted the 2024 G League Coach of the Year in her first season as head coach of the Kings.

Harding was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 WNBA draft.

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Tags: Charlotte Hornets, Stockton Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

Maine Celtics To Meet Oklahoma City Blue In G League Finals

Apr 8, 2024 9:35 AM

The Maine Celtics will meet the Oklahoma City Blue in 2024 G League Finals. The G League Finals are a best-of-three format with Maine hosting Games 1 and 3 and Oklahoma City hosting Game 2. The schedule is as follows:

Game 1 - at Maine - Tuesday, April 9 - 8:00 PM ET

Game 2 - at Oklahoma City - Thursday April 11 - 8:00 PM ET

Game 3 - at Maine - Monday, April 15 - 9:00 PM ET *if necessary

Maine advanced to the Finals after beating the Delaware Blue Coats and Long Island Nets, following a bye. Oklahoma City came in as the third seed and had to beat the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, before road wins over the Siout Falls Skyforce and Stockton Kings.

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Tags: Oklahoma City Blue, Maine Celtics, D-League, D-League Teams, D-League Playoffs

Alondes Williams Named 23-24 G League Most Improved Player

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Mac McClung Named 2024 G League MVP

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Shaquille Harrison Named 2024 G League Defensive Player Of The Year

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Lindsey Harding Named G League Coach Of The Year

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Oscar Tshiebwe Named G League Rookie Of The Year

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G League Ignite To Cease Operations After Current Season

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Clippers' G League Team To Move To Oceanside, Rebrand As San Diego Clippers

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Isaiah Thomas Joins Salt Lake City Stars

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Justin Champagnie Named G League Player Of The Month For February

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Knicks Sign Jacob Toppin To Two-Way Contract

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Rip City Remix Acquire Kevin Knox

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Jamaree Bouyea, Spurs Agree To Two-Way Deal

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Hawks To Waive Patty Mills; Convert Trent Forrest

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Grizzlies Sign Jordan Goodwin Two-Way Contract, Waive Jacob Gilyard

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Tosan Evbuomwan, Pistons Agree To Two-Way Contract

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DJ Carton, Raptors Agree To 10-Day Deal

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Malcolm Hill, Pelicans Agree To Two-Way Contract

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Future Of G League Ignite To Be Reassessed

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Mac McClung Wins Slam Dunk Contest

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Ron Holland Out For Remainder Of G League Ignite Season

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