The Charlotte Hornets have offered their head-coaching position with the Greensboro Swarm to Denver Nuggets assistant coach-advance scout Noel Gillespie, an informed source confirmed Friday. Gillespie has 14 years of NBA experience, including 10 with the Phoenix Suns before he moved to the Nuggets. Gillespie got his start in the NBA breaking down video for the Indiana Pacers.
A league source has told Upside & Motor the structure will be altered for the 2016/17 season. Now there will only be two tiers for salaries as the “C” has been eliminated. The new salary levels will be $19,500 (B-Level) and $26,000 (A-Level) and the salary cap will rise to $209,000 also.
Marc Stein: Word is the Suns are closing in on the hiring of Ty Ellis to serve as head coach of their new @nbadleague affiliate (Northern Arizona Suns), Ellis is a former Bakersfield Jam assistant; Phoenix purchased the Bakersfield franchise to move it to the Suns’ backyard in Prescott Valley.
According to N.B.A. people familiar with negotiations designed to avert a rancorous opt-out of the current deal next summer by owners or players, management and labor have mutual interest in raising D-League standards — but, not surprisingly, with different goals in mind. Commissioner Adam Silver is known to want the N.B.A. age limit extended to two years after high school, perhaps in exchange for increased D-League pay. Michele Roberts, the National Basketball Players Association’s executive director — while observing a moratorium on public comment during negotiations — has previously described herself as a firm opponent of any age restrictions.
Jordi Fernandez has received his NBA call-up. The Canton Charge head coach has agreed to take an assistant coaching job with the Denver Nuggets, a Charge team source confirmed Tuesday to the Canton Repository. The Denver Post first reported Fernandez’s hiring. Mike Malone is the head coach for the Nuggets and Fernandez worked with Malone on the Cavaliers staff during the 2009-10 season. Malone was a Cavs assistant from 2005-10.