D-League Rumors

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.