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G League Select Team To Be Based In San Francisco Bay Area

Aug 3, 2020 1:15 PM

The NBA G League has decided to locate its Pro Pathway team in Walnut Creek, California. Walnut Creek is a few miles east of Oakland in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd, Daishen Nix, Kai Sotto and Jonathan Kuminga will play for the G League team.

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Sources Split On Whether G League Will Play 20-21 Season

Jul 29, 2020 3:15 PM

The NBA has yet to make a decision on whether there will be a 2020-21 G League season and sources tell Sam Vecenie of The Athletic that there is a split on the topic.

The G League could exist in a regional model to save money on travel. The league already loses money on the G League so the loss of revenue from having no fans in attendance is minimal.

A few sources also note that the NBA has made a push for the G League to become more relevant with the G League Select Team featuring potential top-five 2021 picks Jalen Green and Jonathan Kuminga.

Other sources counter that many owners are interested in reducing costs any way they can. Some teams have already scaled back and laid off front office executives in the G League.

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Pistons Purchase G League Team From Suns

Jul 29, 2020 11:12 AM

The Detroit Pistons, the Phoenix Suns and the NBA G League today announced that the Pistons have agreed to purchase the Northern Arizona Suns from the Phoenix Suns. 

The rebranded team is expected to play in a new arena currently being constructed on the campus of Wayne State University beginning in the 2021-22 season.   

“I’m excited to welcome Tom Gores and the Detroit Pistons as NBA G League owners,” said NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim. “It’s always bittersweet for a team to relocate, and I thank Robert Sarver and the Phoenix Suns for their time in this league and the fans in Northern Arizona for their ongoing commitment to the team.  I’m sure the fans in Detroit will welcome the team with open arms and I look forward to watching NBA G League basketball at Wayne State for seasons to come.”

The Pistons current “hybrid” affiliation with the Grand Rapids Drive will continue through the 2020-21 NBA G League season. The Phoenix Suns will continue to operate the Northern Arizona Suns for the 2020-21 season. 

In May 2019, the Pistons announced a multi-faceted partnership with Wayne State University, including an NBA G League team to play in a new arena that the school is constructing for its men’s and women’s basketball programs less than two miles from both Little Caesars Arena and the Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center.  

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Princepal Singh Becomes First NBA Academy Graduate To Sign With G League

Jul 28, 2020 1:25 PM

NBA Academy graduate Princepal Singh, a 6-10 forward from Punjab, India, has signed to play in the NBA G League next season.

Singh, who will train and compete alongside the new G League team featuring elite youth prospects, is the first NBA Academy graduate to sign with the NBA G League and first NBA Academy India graduate to sign a professional contract. 

In 2017, Singh joined The NBA Academy India, an elite basketball training center in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) for the top prospects from throughout India, as part of the academy’s inaugural class of student-athletes.  In November 2018, Singh transitioned to The NBA Global Academy - the league’s hub for top male and female prospects from outside the U.S. - in Canberra, Australia, where he continued his development before graduating this spring.   

“We are thrilled to be able to offer Princepal the opportunity to begin his professional basketball journey in the NBA G League,” said Shareef Abdur-Rahim.  “We’ve long hoped that our development pathway for elite high school players would include roster spots for emerging international talent, including players who have participated in the NBA Academy program, and we’re excited to have Princepal forge this new path and develop his skills in our league.”

“We are very proud of Princepal, who has worked extremely hard to earn this opportunity as he continues to be a trailblazer for the NBA Academy program and basketball in India,” said NBA Vice President, Head of International Basketball Development Troy Justice.  “Playing in the NBA G League alongside some of the most talented up-and-coming players and under the tutelage of head coach Brian Shaw will allow Princepal to build on the foundation and framework he developed under an incredible staff of NBA Academy coaches in India and Australia over the last several years.”

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G League Players Form Union With Assistance From NBPA

Jul 21, 2020 11:17 AM

With the assistance and support of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), G League players have organized and formed their own union, temporarily named the Basketball Players Union (BPU).  Approximately 80 percent (80%) of G League players voted to authorize the BPU to serve as their collective bargaining representative.  Further, the NBA G League agreed to voluntarily recognize the BPU as the players’ representative.  These players will now have the benefit of the many protections afforded to union-represented employees and the right to collectively bargain on a variety of matters, including, but not limited to, salaries, benefits and other working conditions.

The BPU will represent players on all of the NBA G League teams, including those players on the newly formed NBA G League Select Team.  NBA players on Two-Way contracts or assignment at NBA G League teams will continue to be represented by the NBPA.

“We are extremely pleased that our brothers in the G League elected to form their own union,” said Anthony Tolliver, Secretary-Treasurer of the NBPA’s Executive Committee. “The many NBA players with prior experience in the G League can personally attest to the value an organized union brings to players’ careers.   We would like to especially thank Andre Ingram and John Holland who gave so much of their personal time to the organizing process.”

“I could not be more excited or impressed with this decision by the G League players,” said Michele Roberts, Executive Director of the NBPA. “Like their brothers in the NBPA, these players work tirelessly to perfect their craft and will now have a voice in decisions relating to their working conditions, benefits and more."

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Jonathan Kuminga Reclassifies, Will Sign With G League Select Tema

Jul 15, 2020 10:16 PM

Jonathan Kuminga announced with Shams Charania that he has reclassified to the 2020 high school class and will sign with the NBA G League Select Team.

Kuminga was the No. 1 player in his class.

Kuminga also considered Duke, Kentucky, Auburn and Texas Tech.

Kuminga will be a potential top pick in the 2021 NBA draft class.

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Tori Miller Becomes First Female G League General Manager With Skyhawks Promotion

Jul 10, 2020 1:43 AM

The College Park Skyhawks, the G League affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks, hired Tori Miller as their new general manager.

Miller is the first female general manager in the G League. 

Miller, who started her G League career three years ago with the Eerie BayHawks, was named assistant GM of the Skyhawks last July. 

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Thunder To Sign Devon Hall To Two-Way Contract

Jun 26, 2020 2:45 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder will sign Devon Hall to a Two-Way contract.

The Thunder converted the contract of Luguentz Dort to a standard contract this week. Hall will fill Oklahoma City's additional Two-Way slot.

Hall was a second round pick in 2018 out of Virginia and was previously on a Two-Way contract with Oklahoma City before he was waived in December.

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Frank Mason III, Jaylen Adams Headline All-NBA G League Team

Jun 26, 2020 1:17 PM

NBA G League Most Valuable Player Frank Mason III of the Wisconsin Herd headlines the 2019-20 All-NBA G League Teams, which were announced along with the All-Defensive Team and the All-Rookie Team.

Mason is joined on the All-NBA G League First Team by Herd guard Jaylen Adams, Salt Lake City Stars forward Jarrell Brantley, South Bay Lakers forward Devontae Cacok and Memphis Hustle forward Jarrod Uthoff. Brantley, Cacok, Mason and Uthoff have played in both the NBA G League and the NBA this season.

The All-NBA G League Second Team features Grand Rapids Drive forward Donta Hall, Lakeland Magic forward BJ Johnson and guard Josh Magette, Agua Caliente Clippers forward Johnathan Motley and Maine Red Claws guard Tremont Waters.  All five players have seen action in the NBA this season.

The All-NBA G League Third Team is composed of Long Island Nets forward Justin Anderson, Memphis guard Dusty Hannahs, Wisconsin forward Jemerrio Jones, Lakeland forward Vic Law and Delaware Blue Coats guard-forward Marial Shayok.  Anderson, Hannahs, Law and Shayok have played in the NBA this season, bringing the total to 13 of 15 players on the three NBA G League Teams who have competed in both leagues in 2019-20.       

Waters, the 2019-20 NBA G League Rookie of the Year, leads the NBA G League All-Rookie Team.  He is joined by Salt Lake City’s Brantley, South Bay’s Cacok, Grand Rapids’ Hall and Delaware’s Shayok. 

Delaware center Christ Koumadje, the 2019-20 NBA G League Defensive Player of the Year, headlines the NBA G League All-Defensive Team.  Joining Koumadje are Maine center Tacko Fall, Grand Rapids guard Tra-Deon Hollins, Canton Charge guard Sir’Dominic Pointer and Westchester Knicks forward Kenny Wooten.

The NBA G League canceled the remainder of its 2019-20 season on June 4.  The regular season was suspended on March 12 and had been scheduled to conclude on March 28.

Below are the complete All-NBA G League Teams, the All-Rookie Team and the All-Defensive Team.  The league’s 28 head coaches and general managers selected each team.

2019-20 ALL-NBA G LEAGUE TEAMS

FIRST TEAM

Jaylen Adams – Wisconsin Herd

Jarrell Brantley – Salt Lake City Stars^

Devontae Cacok – South Bay Lakers*^

Frank Mason III – Wisconsin Herd^

Jarrod Uthoff – Memphis Hustle*

SECOND TEAM

Donta Hall – Grand Rapids Drive*#

BJ Johnson – Lakeland Magic*^

Josh Magette – Lakeland Magic^

Johnathan Motley – Agua Caliente Clippers^

Tremont Waters – Maine Red Claws^

THIRD TEAM

Justin Anderson – Long Island Nets*

Dusty Hannahs – Memphis Hustle*

Jemerrio Jones – Wisconsin Herd

Vic Law – Lakeland Magic*^

Marial Shayok – Delaware Blue Coats^

2019-20 NBA G LEAGUE ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Jarrell Brantley – Salt Lake City Stars^

Devontae Cacok – South Bay Lakers*^

Donta Hall – Grand Rapids Drive*#

Marial Shayok – Delaware Blue Coats^

Tremont Waters – Maine Red Claws^

2019-20 NBA G LEAGUE ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

Tacko Fall – Maine Red Claws^

Trae-Deon Hollins – Grand Rapids Drive

Christ Koumadje – Delaware Blue Coats

Sir’Dominic Pointer – Canton Charge*#

Kenny Wooten – Westchester Knicks*^

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*Earned GATORADE Call-Up this season

^NBA Two-Way Player

#NBA Assignee

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Knicks Claim Jared Harper, Waive Kadeem Allen

Jun 25, 2020 7:35 PM

The New York Knicks have claimed Jared Harper on free agency wavers while waiving Kadeem Allen.

Both Harper and Allen were on Two-Way contracts.

The Phoenix Suns waived Harper this week.

Harper will be a restricted free agent this offseason, but the Knicks gain non-Bird rights on him.

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Frank Mason III Named G League MVP

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Bart Taylor Named G League Executive Of The Year

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Thunder Sign Lugeuentz Dortz To Multi-Year Deal

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Martin Schiller Named G League Coach Of The Year

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Gabe Vincent Named 19-20 G League Most Improved Player

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Cade Cunningham To Remain At Oklahoma State Despite Postseason Ban

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Tremont Waters Named 19-20 G League Rookie Of The Year

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Christ Koumadje Named G League Defensive Player Of The Year

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Jonathan Kuminga Reclassifies Into Class Of 2020 After Graduating From High School

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G League Season Officially Canceled

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Brian Shaw Agrees To Become G League Select Team Head Coach

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Jonathan Kuminga Considering G League, Is 50/50 On Reclassifying Into Class Of 2020

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Penny Hardaway: It's A Recruiting War When It Comes To G League Pathway Program

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Kai Sotto Officially Signs With G League Select Team

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Kai Sotto To Skip College, Will Join G League Select Team

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Penny Hardaway Compares G League Recruitment Of Prospects To 'Tampering'

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Daishen Nix Decommits From UCLA, Will Sign With G League Select Team

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G League Players To Vote On Formation Of Union On Saturday

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Greg Brown III Commits To Texas, Passes On G League Select Offer

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Sam Mitchell, David Fizdale, Brian Shaw Emerge As Candidates For G League Select Team Head Coach

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