The Celtics and the NBA Development League’s Maine Red Claws have extended their exclusive affiliation through the 2017-18 season. The teams have had a partnership since the Red Claws’ opening season in 2009-10, and in 2012 the Celtics became Maine’s lone affiliate and took over its basketball operations. Last season, the Celtics assigned a total of six players to the Red Claws, including former first-round picks James Young and Marcus Smart.
The Phoenix Suns and Bakersfield Jam have named Chris Jent head coach of the Jam. “It’s an honor to be named Head Coach of the Bakersfield Jam and to be a part of an organization like the Phoenix Suns,” said Jent. “Personally, it’s a great opportunity to once again be a Head Coach and there couldn’t be a better setting in the NBA D-League to help players develop and reach their basketball potential than in Bakersfield. I can’t wait to get into the gym with the team and try to do something special as a group.”