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Pacers Sign Alex Poythress To Two-Way Contract

Aug 22, 2017 5:38 PM

The Indiana Pacers have signed Alex Poythress to a two-way contract.

Poythress spent the majority of the 16-17 season with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, averaging 18.5 points and 7.1 rebounds.

Poythress also played six games for the Philadelphia 76ers to close out the season.

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Magic Sign Adreian Payne To Two-Way Contract

Aug 21, 2017 5:54 PM

The Orlando Magic have signed free agent forward Adreian Payne to a two-way contract.

Payne (6’10”, 237, 2/19/91) appeared in 18 games last season with Minnesota, averaging 3.5 ppg. and 1.8 rpg. in 7.5 minpg. He also spent time with the Erie BayHawks of the NBA G League.

Originally selected in the first round (15th overall) of the 2014 NBA Draft by Atlanta, Payne has played in 102 career NBA regular season games (24 starts) with Atlanta and Minnesota, averaging 4.0 ppg. and 3.0 rpg. in 13.3 minpg. He has also spent time with Fort Wayne, Austin and Erie of the NBA G League.

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Adetunji Adedipe Named Assistant GM Of Lakeland Magic

Aug 21, 2017 11:22 AM

Adetunji Adedipe has been named Orlando Magic basketball operations/Lakeland Magic assistant general manager.

Adedipe is in his third season with the Orlando Magic organization. He began his career as a basketball operations assistant for the Erie BayHawks of the NBA G League during the 2014-15 season prior to joining IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. While at IMG, Adedipe coached the Ascenders junior varsity and assisted in NBA pre-draft workouts. During the summer of 2015, he interned with the Philadelphia 76ers in the basketball operations department. Adedipe joined the Orlando Magic in September of 2015 as a basketball operations associate and served as basketball operations coordinator with the Erie BayHawks in 2016-17.

Adedipe was a three-year letterman and former captain of the Ohio University men’s basketball team. The Bobcats advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2010 with a win over Georgetown. A native of Cleveland, Oh., Adedipe graduated from Ohio University in 2010 and received a master’s degree in comparative politics in 2012.

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Warriors Sign Georges Niang To Deal With Partial Guarantee

Aug 16, 2017 10:25 AM

Georges Niang has signed a partially guaranteed deal with the Golden State Warriors.

Niang will likely play for the Santa Cruz Warriors of the G-League.

Niang appeared in 23 games last season for the Indiana Pacers as a rookie. Niang also averaged 19.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 33.0 minutes per game over six games in the G-League. Niang was a second round pick in 2016 out of Iowa State.

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Lakeland Magic Hire Anthony Parker As GM, Stan Heath As Head Coach

Aug 9, 2017 10:00 AM

The Lakeland Magic have hired Anthony Parker as general manager and Stan Heath as head coach.

Lakeland is the G League affiliate of the Orlando Magic.

“With Anthony (Parker) and Stan (Heath), we have established solid basketball leadership for our G League team in Lakeland,” said Jeff Weltman. “Having our G League team closely aligned and in unison with the parent club is vital to our success. Bringing Anthony and Stan on board to guide those operations and lead that group will be of great value to us.”

Parker has spent the last five seasons as a scout with the Orlando Magic. 

Heath has spent the last two seasons (2015-17) as an assistant coach at Boston College. He served as head coach at Kent State University, the University of Arkansas and the University of South Florida, compiling a record of 209-206 (.504) from 2001-14. 

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Bucks Hire Jordan Brady As Head Coach Of G League Affiliate

Aug 7, 2017 6:36 PM

The Wisconsin Herd, the NBA G League affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks, named Jordan Brady as the team’s first head coach.

Brady brings substantial NBA minor league experience as a former player and assistant coach with multiple organizations. 

“The Wisconsin Herd is an important component in building a championship-caliber team in Milwaukee, and Jordan brings the grit, leadership and vision necessary to spark that process in Oshkosh,” said Wisconsin Herd General Manager Dave Dean. “Jordan has the right experience and tools to develop young talent and build the foundation for a successful NBA G League team. We are excited to have him at the helm for the Herd in our inaugural season.” 

Brady, 34, spent the 2016-17 season as an assistant coach for the Salt Lake City Stars, the NBA G League affiliate of the Utah Jazz. He was previously an assistant coach with the Idaho Stampede (2015-16), where he was retained by the organization to assist with relocating the team to Salt Lake City in 2016.

Brady served as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles D-Fenders (2014-15) and an assistant for the Bakersfield Jam (2013-14) and the Iowa Energy (2012-13).

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Hornets Sign Marcus Paige, Mangok Mathiang To Two-Way Contracts

Aug 1, 2017 6:37 PM

The Charlotte Hornets are signing Marcus Paige and Mangok Mathiang to two-way contracts.

Paige and Mathiang will play primarily for the G-League Greensboro Swarm next season.

Paige was originally selected 55th overall by the Brooklyn Nets in the 2016 NBA draft, then traded to the Utah Jazz. Paige was released by the Jazz in October and stayed with their G-League affiliate. 

Mathiang, a 6-10 center, did a pre-draft workout for the Hornets. 

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Bulls Sign Ryan Arcidiacono To Two-Way Contract

Aug 1, 2017 1:05 PM

The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Ryan Arcidiacono to a Two-Way contract. 

Arcidiacono appeared in five games for the Bulls’ Summer League squad this year and averaged 5.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.80 steals and 24.0 minutes per contest.

Arcidiacono played four seasons at Villanova and was named the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player in the Wildcats’ championship run in 2016. 

Arcidiacono went undrafted in 2016 and appeared in three preseason games for the San Antonio Spurs and eight games for the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League.

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Austin Spurs Hire Blake Ahearn As Head Coach

Aug 1, 2017 10:30 AM

The Austin Spurs have hired Blake Ahearn as head coach.

“It's unbelievable. It's the best organization in the world in my mind,” Ahearn said. “I'm humbled and honored.”

Ahearn spent the past few seasons coaching high school after retiring as a player eight years ago.

Ahearn played in Spain, Italy, Ukraine and Puerto Rico. He bounced between several D-League and NBA organizations. 

“I wasn't looking for anything like this,” Ahearn said. “Now, I'm going to the Spurs. It's crazy.”

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Raptors Sign Lorenzo Brown To Two-Way Contract

Jul 25, 2017 2:10 PM

The Toronto Raptors have signed Lorenzo Brown to a two-way contract.

Brown split the 16-17 season between China and the G-League.

Brown, 6-foot-5, 189 pounds, is averaging 3.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 63 career NBA games with Philadelphia (2013-14), Minnesota (2014-15) and Phoenix (2015-16). He has also appeared in games for the Delaware 87ers (2013-14), Springfield Armor (2013-14) and Grand Rapids Drive (2014-17) of the NBA G League.  

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Hawks Hire Josh Longstaff As Head Coach Of G-League Affiliate
Josh Longstaff spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach with the Knicks.

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