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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

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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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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

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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

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TJ Leaf Agrees To Two-Way Contract With Blazers

Apr 5, 2021 5:14 PM

TJ Leaf has agreed to a Two-Way contract with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Leaf last played in the NBA during the 19-20 season, appearing in 28 games with the Indiana Pacers.

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Tags: T.J. Leaf, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League

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Paul Reed Named G League MVP, Rookie Of The Year

Mar 22, 2021 2:27 PM

Paul Reed has been named both the 2021 NBA G League Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year. The Philadelphia 76ers two-way contract player was the only player in the league to average at least 20 points and 11 rebounds per game this season, while leading the Delaware Blue Coats to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. Reed led the G League with 12 double-doubles in 15 games and is the first player in Delaware franchise history to earn either MVP or Rookie of the Year honors.
 
Reed, the No. 58 overall selection in the 2020 NBA Draft by Philadelphia, shot .588 from the field, .444 from three-point range and .789 from the free-throw line. He was the only player among the G League’s top-10 in total rebounds with at least 20 three-pointers made (24). The DePaul product started each of the Blue Coats’ 15 regular-season games and was the only player in the league with at least 25 steals (29) and 25 blocks (27) during the regular season. Reed was one of only three players with at least two 30-point games.

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Tags: Paul Reed, Jr., Philadelphia Sixers, Delaware 87ers, NBA, D-League, NBA Award, D-League Teams

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Gary Payton II Named G League Defensive Player Of The Year

Mar 19, 2021 2:34 PM

Gary Payton II has been named the 2020-21 NBA G League Defensive Player of the Year.

Payton II (6-3, 195, Oregon State) led the NBA G League in steals per game (2.54) and finished second in total steals (33) to go with 10.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 13 games. He recorded nine games with two or more steals. 

On Feb. 13, Payton II matched his regular-season career high with seven steals and grabbed a season-high 11 defensive rebounds against NBA G League Ignite. He also had seven steals and added 10 points, six rebounds and six assists against the Greensboro Swarm on Feb. 26.  

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Tags: Gary Payton II, Raptors 905, D-League, D-League Award, D-League Teams

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Anthony Lamb Named 20-21 G League Most Improved Player

Mar 18, 2021 2:36 PM

Rio Grande Valley Vipers forward Anthony Lamb has been named the 2020-21 NBA G League Most Improved Player, the NBA G League announced today.  The award honors the player who demonstrates the most significant improvement during the season.

In his first NBA G League season, Lamb (6-6, 227, Vermont) averaged 11.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 21.7 minutes in 12 regular-season games.  He played his first six games with the Canton Charge and his final six games with the Vipers.     

Lamb averaged 4.2 points and 2.3 rebounds in 9.6 minutes in his six games with Canton, which selected him with the sixth overall pick in the 2021 NBA G League Draft.  Acquired by Rio Grande Valley in a trade with the Charge on Feb. 25, Lamb averaged 18.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.50 steals and 1.33 blocks in 33.8 minutes while shooting 56.0% from the field and 41.9% from three-point range in his six games with the Vipers.

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Chad Sanders Named G League Executive Of The Year

Mar 15, 2021 2:27 PM

Chad Sanders of Raptors 905 will be named the G League Executive of the Year.

Sanders was promoted to general manager of Raptors 905 in 2018.

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Tags: Toronto Raptors, Raptors 905, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

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G League Ignite Prospects Expected To Train Separately After Completion Of Bubble

Mar 13, 2021 12:29 PM

Jalen Green, Jonathan Kuminga, Isaiah Todd and Daishen Nix of the G League Ignite are expected to train separately to prepare for the NBA Draft, sources told Marc Stein of The New York Times.

The Ignite lost to the Raptors 905 in the G League bubble playoffs.

The team's facilities in Walnut Creek remain available to the players, but they have gone their separate ways following the conclusion of the season.

Veterans from the team are free to sign free agent deals elsewhere. 

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Tags: NBA G League Ignite, D-League, D-League Teams

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Board Of Governors Approve Elimination Of Restrictions For Two-Way Players

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Henry Ellenson Agrees To 10-Day Contract With Raptors

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Raptors, Magic, Rockets, Spurs, Suns Interested In Alize Johnson

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Bucks To Sign Myles Powell To Two-Way Contract

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NBA, NBPA Agree To Eliminate Game Limit On Two-Way Contracts

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Festus Ezeli Joining Westchester Knicks In G League Bubble

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G League Being 'Very Aggressive' Approaching Top Recruits To Join 2022 Ignite Team

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Raptors Agree To Sign Donta Hall To 10-Day Deal

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Cavaliers Sign Broderic Thomas To Two-Way Contract

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Santa Cruz Warriors Acquire Jacob Evans III From G League Player Pool

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Rockets Sign Justin Patton To Two-Way Contract

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Norvel Pelle Agrees To Sign With Canton Charge

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Suns Assign Jalen Smith To G League

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Dennis Smith Jr. Asks To Join G League Bubble, Knicks Expected To Grant Request

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G League Releases Schedule, All Ignite Games To Be Shown On ESPN, ESPNU, ESPN+

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76ers Waive Dakota Mathias From Two-Way Contract

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NBA, NBPA Discuss Adding Third Two-Way Contract Per Team

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Wizards Promote Amber Nichols To GM Of Capital City Go-Go

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Admiral Schofield, Freddie Gillespie, Antonio Blakeney Go 1-3 In G League Draft

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Jeremy Lin Signs G League Deal With Warriors

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