HoopsHype Devean George rumors

March 23, 2014 Updates

Devean George, a real estate developer with a heart who also was a pretty good basketball player, made an inaugural investment in north Minneapolis in 2006 that is about to reap a nice return for working-poor families and his old neighborhood. This summer, George will break ground on Commons at Penn Avenue, a 45-unit apartment building that will include retail shops. It also will house several nonprofits that work with families on education, training and employment. George has fronted or borrowed nearly $450,000 to cover predevelopment costs, including land acquisition and three years of planning. “It all starts with stable housing,” said George last week, sipping a cup of coffee at Sammy’s Eatery on W. Broadway. “Education, training, a job and maybe, one day, a family moves on to buy a house. This will work because I have all these good partners.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“It’s the ‘Devean George effect,’ ” said Jeff Washburne, the longtime executive director of the City of Lakes Community Land Trust, a North Side nonprofit that’s helped 200 working-class families buy refurbished city homes. “He’s a star and he’s a team player. He’s focused on this neighborhood with time and investment. He’s told us that every resident of his Commons at Penn development who is able to buy a house from us means success, and an available apartment for the next family that needs one.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

July 9, 2013 Updates

“It’s all about collaboration. That’s what this plan is. Everyone building blocks one at a time,” said George, who played alongside Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal after becoming the first Division III player selected in the NBA draft’s first round. “From Morgan Avenue to Queen Avenue. We’ll start on this corner, and from there, harmony.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Near the end of his playing career, George had a vision for his future. It included real estate and bettering people’s lives. “I wanted to become a person that helped people. There are a lot of people that suffer that aren’t involved in the bad stuff going on,” said George, 35. “I figured out that playing basketball was not the end goal. I figured out that me playing basketball was probably just to set up for what I’m doing now. It is more of me being put in position to be able to help people and have a voice.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

November 27, 2012 Updates

Former pro basketball player Devean George is proposing a 45-unit affordable apartment project just two blocks from where he grew up in north Minneapolis. Plans for the proposed Commons @ Penn Avenue project call for combining larger units with 4,500 square feet of commercial space for community services at the southwest corner of Penn Avenue North and Golden Valley Road. Finance-Commerce

December 14, 2011 Updates
December 6, 2011 Updates

George, who played seven of his 11 NBA seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers - winning a championship ring in each of his first three years with the club - has been invited to the Wolves' training camp. If the veteran small forward doesn't make the 15-man roster, he hopes to become a mentor to the team's younger players. "What better way to get advice than from someone who has seen the movie you're watching right now," said George, a first-round pick of the Lakers in 1999 after starring at Augsburg College. "I can tell you how the ending is going to happen. That's where all this started with the Wolves, bringing some experience to the locker room and a mentor presence." St. Paul Pioneer Press

December 5, 2011 Updates
July 23, 2010 Updates
July 21, 2010 Updates

Now, the Warriors need at least one more player and possibly two. In an interview with FanHouse on Wednesday at Team USA training camp, general manager Larry Riley confirmed Golden State is looking into the possibility of bringing back Tolliver and forward Devean George, also an unrestricted free agent who averaged 5.4 points last season with the Warriors. Riley said it's not out of the question both could be re-signed. "We have some decisions to make,'' said Riley, who said he hopes to sort matters out in the next 10 days. "I wouldn't want to say how close we are (to re-signing George or Tolliver). But there is dialogue (with the agents of both players on a regular basis).'' FanHouse.com

July 18, 2010 Updates

Devean George hopes Don Nelson stays. While we're at, George hopes to stay himself. George is a free-agent forward who reiterated Saturday he wants to re-sign with the Warriors because he loves playing for Nelson. But there is some uncertainty regarding the future of the coach after the team was sold earlier this week to Joe Lacob and Peter Guber for a record $450 million. "Yeah, I am,'' George said when asked if he's worried about whether Nelson, who has one year left on his contract, stays. "But I don't know. I just figure that (the new owners) come in, they probably maybe let him finish the year, and that will be all. I don't know. If they want to make changes, get a coach, get new people, I'm sure they might want to get everything settled first.'' FanHouse.com

George, at the NBA Summer League for what he called a vacation, told FanHouse last April he wants to re-sign this summer with the Warriors because he likes playing so much for Nelson. Nothing has changed. "We're trying to make something happen,'' George said of negotiations with Golden State. "I definitely want to go back.'' FanHouse.com

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