HoopsHype D-League rumors

July 23, 2014 Updates

Zach Lowe: Talked earlier today with Mitchell Butler, agent for Josh Huestis. Said D-League deal was pre-arranged before the draft with OKC. Butler was not sure if Huestis would get drafted in either 1st/2nd round, viewed D-League promise as best means of guaranteeing being picked. Butler insisted arrangement did not violate rules against pre-draft discussion of player compensation. A gray area, but seems like semantics. Huestis, Butler says, was fine w/ arrangement. Didn't want to go to Europe, would do D-League thing only for two franchises: OKC, Spurs. Twitter @ZachLowe_NBA

July 19, 2014 Updates

But with Josh Huestis, a first-round selection, the Thunder could be on the verge of breaking ground. As the 29th overall pick, Huestis would become the first player selected in the first round to forgo his rookie season to sign in the D-League. In other words, he’d be the first-ever domestic “draft-and-stash” player. NBA teams have long drafted international players and left them overseas, developing on someone else’s dime. But if Huestis signs with the 66ers as expected, he’ll be an American-born, American-bred prospect who, as a first-round pick, could be the flag-bearer for how the NBA envisions the future of the D-League. Oklahoman

Committing to this route requires some sacrifice on Huestis’ part. His rookie scale contact would pay him slightly more than $1 million next season. His D-League deal will pay him approximately $25,000. But Huestis, a Stanford grad whose maturity and presence wowed those in attendance at his introductory press conference, likely is looking at the big picture and taking a more long-term approach. Joining the Thunder would guarantee more money, but it wouldn’t come complete with playing time. He’d likely be stashed in the D-League anyway or, worse, drafted much later (or not at all) and subject to a non-guaranteed contract in the second round. He’d then have to fight to make a roster or head overseas in search of a professional playing career. Oklahoman

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A source tells RidiculousUpside.com that rather expensive buy-out clauses included in the contracts of D-League players make it difficult for such players to cash in on more lucrative contracts overseas midseason. For D-League players and other aspiring basketball athletes, NBA Summer League is the land of opportunity. Hitting the hardwood in Las Vegas allows such youngsters to be seen by all. Whereas playing in The Association is the ultimate dream, it's simply not the end-all reality for each and every player --- at least not right away. Ridiculous Upside

July 11, 2014 Updates

The Orlando Magic are about to accelerate their search for someone to coach their new NBA Development League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks. According to an industry source with knowledge of the process, members of the Magic's front office will conduct interviews with coaching candidates this upcoming workweek in Las Vegas, the site of the NBA Summer League and site of league meetings. Orlando Sentinel

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Adrian Wojnarowski: Sioux Falls D-League coach Pat Delany will join Charlotte as assistant, sources tell Yahoo. Delany dates back to college days w S. Clifford. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

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The Utah Jazz, Idaho Stampede, and the NBA Development League today announced the Jazz and Stampede have entered into a single affiliation partnership beginning with the 2014-15 NBA D-League season. Utah becomes the record 17th NBA team to have a one-to-one affiliation with an NBA D-League team. The partnership, also referred to as a “hybrid affiliation,” is the ninth of its kind in the NBA D-League and will enable the Jazz to manage all aspects of the Stampede’s basketball operations, while the existing local ownership group headed by Bill Ilett will maintain primary responsibility for the team’s off-the-court business operations and community initiatives. NBA.com

General manager Dennis Lindsey and team president Randy Rigby will travel to Boise, Idaho, on Tuesday morning to make what a press release forwarded from the Utah Jazz described as a "major announcement" regarding the future of basketball in Treasure Valley. In other words, the Jazz and Idaho Stampede are finally going to announce what has previously been reported: They're joining together in an exclusive one-on-one affiliation. Deseret News

General manager Dennis Lindsey and team president Randy Rigby will travel to Boise, Idaho, on Tuesday morning to make what a press release forwarded from the Utah Jazz described as a "major announcement" regarding the future of basketball in Treasure Valley. In other words, the Jazz and Idaho Stampede are finally going to announce what has previously been reported: They're joining together in an exclusive one-on-one affiliation. This will be the third time Utah and Idaho have been partners, although this time the Jazz will be the Stampede's only NBA affiliate. Deseret News

June 8, 2014 Updates

The Detroit Pistons have a new tool at their disposal with an NBA Development League team in suburban Grand Rapids. At question is how they use it. Stan Van Gundy said it's a big part of the Pistons' development plan for young players. "If you get that coach integrated with what you're doing, and you're playing the same system and everything else, I think that D-League thing can be very, very valuable," the Pistons' president of basketball operations and head coach said. "And we'll take the hiring of that coach as a very big part of our staff because I think it can be that valuable." The Pistons established a hybrid affiliation with the yet-to-be-nicknamed Grand Rapids franchise when local owners bought the NBDL's former Springfield (Mass.) Armor in March. The team will begin play in the 2014-15 season at DeltaPlex Arena in Walker. Booth Newspapers

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