D-League Rumors

Morey indicated Harrell and Dekker could see time in the NBA Development League as his other recent draft picks, save Chandler Parsons, had before getting playing time with the Rockets. Both are expected to play with the Rockets’ summer league team with Clint Capela and Nick Johnson, last season’s draft picks. “We have a very hard roster to get minutes on with the Rockets,” Morey said. “I think our normal developmental program last year had Capela helping us with minutes at the end of the year. I think if we got Sam or Montrezl helping us at the end of the year, that will be fantastic.”
Jay King: No surprise but Cs don’t sound like they want to use all four of their draft picks. Will look into other options. Austin Ainge: “I don’t think it’s any secret that we have four picks, and it probably wouldn’t be great for us to have four rookies on our team next year. So we are explrong options for guys who would play in the D-League, play in Europe, trades. All of these things are possible with the number of picks we have.”
Westchester Knicks interim head coach Craig Hodges is expected to return to the team’s sideline as an assistant coach next season, though no final decision has been made, a league source tells D-League Digest. Hodges, 54, took over at the helm of the New York Knicks D-League affiliate after inaugural head coach Kevin Whitted was fired after posting the second-worst record (10-36) last season in the D-League.
Westchester Knicks interim head coach Craig Hodges is expected to return to the team’s sideline as an assistant coach next season, though no final decision has been made, a league source tells D-League Digest. Hodges, 54, took over at the helm of the New York Knicks D-League affiliate after inaugural head coach Kevin Whitted was fired after posting the second-worst record (10-36) last season in the D-League.
Tim Salier, Spurs Sports & Entertainment Vice President of Franchise Business Operations, was named the 2015 NBA Development League Team Executive of the Year today. NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner made the announcement at the league’s Sales & Marketing Meetings in Austin. The NBA Development League Team Executive of the Year is determined by peer voting and teams are not allowed to vote for themselves. “We are very pleased to honor Tim with the Team Executive of the Year Award in recognition of his tremendous contributions to the NBA D-League, the NBA and the Austin community,” said Turner. “Under Tim’s leadership, the Austin Spurs have become a prime example of a how an NBA D-League team should be run to both benefit its NBA parent club and be independently successful.”
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Darnell Mayberry: Sam Presti when asked directly whether Josh Huestis will be on the roster next year: “He’s someone that we think very highly of. We think he has a future with the team. He could be as early as next season.” Presti says OKC has a good body of work from Huestis in the D-League/feels confident in his ability to contribute to the team in the future.
The Sacramento Kings announced today that the team has picked up the option on Reno Bighorns Head Coach David Arseneault Jr., according to Kings Vice President of Basketball and Franchise Operations Vlade Divac. In his first season at the helm, Arseneault compiled a 20-30 record and installed a fast paced offense that helped Reno lead the league in several statistical categories. The Bighorns ranked first in NBA D-League in scoring (133.1 points per game), three-pointers made (17.2 made per game), assists (26.8 assists per game), pace (116.34 possessions per 48 minutes) and three-point attempts (46.9 attempts per game). Additionally, the Kings affiliate also established a new all-time single-game NBA D-League mark with 31 three-point field goals made on Jan. 31 in a 157-132 victory against the Santa Cruz Warriors (breaking their own previous record of 28 threes on Nov. 29 against the Idaho Stampede).
Here is the full list of players expected to attend the NBA D-League Elite Mini Camp in Chicago next week. The NBA Development League’s Elite Mini Camp is set to take place next Monday and Tuesday in Chicago. Former NBADL head coach Bob MacKinnon is the man in charge again as the camp’s director. The invitation-only event showcases some of the best talent from the last D-League season as NBA scouts look on. This is the first step many teams take as they begin to form their Summer League rosters.
“At times, I think I should have stayed in college,” Jones said. “That’s mainly what the NBA is looking at right now: Players who are in college. It’s not that they’re not looking, but they can forget about the players who are draft-eligible in the D-League. So sometimes, I feel I should have stayed, but life goes on. You learn from the decision you make. I grew as a man over these past eight, nine months. Now, I need to show teams that I can knock down the NBA three-pointer consistently. I don’t feel like teams know this part about me. I shot 34 percent [from three] this year, so I need to show them that I can shoot and also handle the ball. If I show these things, I feel NBA teams can be excited about the type of player I am. It can be done. I just have to work harder than everyone who got exposure at the college level this year.”
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In his move out of the D-League and to the June draft, forward Jamal Jones could become the NBA’s next domestic draft-and-stash player with the affiliate organization that has plans to work him out and seriously consider him with six second-round picks: the Philadelphia 76ers. Jones, a 6-foot-8 product, left Texas A&M a season ago with a year of college eligibility and entered the D-League draft. He was a second round selection by Delaware. The 76ers will soon work out Jones, who is aware of the franchise’s interest and its possibility to make him a domestic draft-and-stash.
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Hornets Sports & Entertainment announced today that the organization intends to launch its own NBA D-League team with the hope of beginning play for the 2016-17 season. The franchise today is sending an RFP to seven cities throughout the Carolinas seeking the best home for the D-League club, which would be owned and operated by HSE. Cities receiving the RFP include Asheville, Fayetteville, Greensboro and Raleigh, North Carolina, as well as Charleston, Columbia and Greenville, South Carolina. “This is a very exciting time for us,” said Hornets Sports & Entertainment President & COO Fred Whitfield. “The decision to take steps toward launching our own D-League club is yet another example of our owner’s long-term commitment to our franchise and continues to show his willingness to invest in the resources needed to improve our basketball team. A D-League team would also allow us to continue to expand the Hornets brand regionally by having a presence in an additional market.”
The Santa Cruz Warriors were crowned NBA D-League Champions for the first time in franchise history after defeating the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in Game 2 of the NBA D-League Finals by a score of 109-96. The victory wraps up a 2-0 sweep for Santa Cruz as they rebounded from their previous two trips to the NBA D-League Finals, where they were swept in 2013 and 2014 by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and these very same Fort Wayne Mad Ants, respectively.
The Mad Ants, the reigning D-League champions, will meet the Santa Cruz Warriors in the Finals. Game 1 in the best-of-three series will take place on Thursday night in Fort Wayne at 8:00 PM ET and will be televised on ESPN News. The series then shifts to Santa Cruz for Game 2 on Sunday night at 7:00 PM ET on ESPNU. Game 3 (if necessary) will be on Monday at 10:00 PM ET on ESPNU. In addition to Whittington, the Mad Ants’ roster features C.J. Fair, a rookie guard out of Syracuse who was on the Pacers training camp roster but waived before the season. Fair is averaging 26.0 points per game in the playoffs, the fourth-best average in the league. Teammate Jordan Crawford, who has spent time with four NBA franchises, is averaging a league-best 29.8 points per contest.