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August 28, 2014 Updates
August 26, 2014 Updates

John Denton: #Magic have named Bill Peterson as head coach of its D-League team, the Erie BayHawks, Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Peterson spent 6 yrs as an assistant coach with #Bucks from 2007-13. Before joining Bucks, he served as associate head coach at Colorado St. Twitter @JohnDenton555

The Orlando Magic have named Bill Peterson as head coach of its D-League team, the Erie BayHawks, Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed. “We are excited to welcome Bill (Peterson) and his family,” said Hennigan. “Bill’s passion for teaching and development fit seamlessly into our vision of creating a culture of collaboration and synergy between the Orlando Magic and Erie Bayhawks. His wealth of knowledge and experience will help our players fulfill their ultimate basketball potential.” NBA.com

The Greek agent for Knicks draft pick Thanasis Antetokounmpo said he’s “amazed’’ his client chose to play in the NBA’s D-League for the $25,000 cap and turn down an offer from an A-Division team in the Italian League, calling it “a big sacrifice.’’ According to agent Tim Lotsos, the Italian club, Varese, offered Antetokounmpo a two-year deal worth $550,000 with an opt-out to join the NBA after one year. Olympiakos in Greece and Sevilla in Spain also offered him deals. “Amazing isn’t it?,’’ Lotsos told The Post in a phone call from Greece. “To my surprise, he passed on it. He’s very ambitious and determined to make the NBA. It’s a big sacrifice. It could’ve really put him ahead of schedule in his career. I didn’t try to force him. I wanted him to make his own decision.’’ New York Post

The high-energy Greek guard played on the Knicks summer league team and looked raw, committing eight fouls in the opener. However, Jackson said his name should be changed from Thanasis to “Tenacious.’’ According to a source, the communication between Thanasis and the Knicks was poor and the Greek energizer was disappointed they didn’t see him fit for the 15-man roster. In fact, after The Post’s report he would be stashed, Antetokounmpo told another news outlets it was news to him. As recently as three weeks ago, at a rookie orientation camp, Thanasis said he planned to be in Knicks’ training camp. New York Post

August 25, 2014 Updates

With the addition of the Westchester Knicks to the NBA D-League this upcoming season, returning player rights will need to be addressed by every NBA D-League team in order to prepare for an expansion draft. According to a source, the expansion draft for the Westchester Knicks will take place on September 1 in order to provide Westchester with a returning player list. Every NBA D-League team aside from Westchester has the opportunity to select 12 players which they would like to protect. The remaining players will be fair game for the Knicks to draft, and obtain those NBA D-League player rights. D-League Digest

August 22, 2014 Updates

The Oklahoma City Thunder named Mark Daigneault as the head coach of its D-League team, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Mark has placed a high value on development throughout his career and we feel that he is well aligned with the goals of our organization,” said Presti. “His experience at Florida under Coach Donovan has provided him the platform to apply his intelligence and relationship skills to help strengthen the program. We are excited about Mark joining the organization and continuing his professional growth.” NBA.com

Oklahoma City’s newest professional team has its first head coach. On Friday afternoon, Sam Presti and the Thunder officially hired Mark Daigneault to lead the 66ers – OKC’s D-League affiliate which is relocating from Tulsa to Oklahoma City this season. Daignealt is replacing Darko Rajakovic, who was promoted to the Thunder's coaching staff this offseason. Oklahoman

August 21, 2014 Updates
August 20, 2014 Updates

Carr’s deal with the Saint John Mill Rats holds an escape clause should the 20-year-old become drafted in next season’s D-League draft, a source said. At 5-foot-6, Carr gained national recognition for his skill level and athletic talent while playing high school basketball at Princeton Day Academy in Baltimore. Carr also played in numerous exhibition, training and in-season games in the D.C. area. RealGM

August 18, 2014 Updates

Kirk Lacob will no longer split time between Golden State and their D-League counterpart in Santa Cruz, according to a reliable source. Lacob will focus his energy full-time with Golden State as Assistant General Manager, working alongside current GM Bob Myers. seadubscentral.com

August 15, 2014 Updates

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