Ryan McDonald: D-League draft notables: John Stockton's son Michael taken 26th, former Jazzman Ronnie Brewer 30th, former Ute Justin Hawkins 36th
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Idaho Stampede (Jazz) will select Jeff Ayres with the No. 1 pick in the D-League Draft, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
Adam Johnson: Ronnie Brewer has signed a D-League contract and is eligible in Saturday's draft, league source tells D-League Digest.
Shams Charania: Toronto's D-League team, Raptors 905, has traded for Canadian 7-5 center Sim Bhullar, sources tell Yahoo. Reno acquired guard Ricky Ledo.
Adam Johnson: Jimmer Fredette has signed a D-League contract and is eligible for Saturday's draft, league source tells D-League Digest.
Adam Johnson: Former Detroit Piston Cartier Martin has signed D-League contract and is eligible for Saturday's draft, league source tells D-League Digest.
After being waived by the Kings earlier in the month, sources have confirmed that Ole Miss sharpshooter Marshall Henderson will in fact join the Bighorns for this season. Earlier reports had him joining the team over the weekend, but the 25-year-old guard asked and received an extension on his timeframe to make a decision.
Rookie Vince Hunter has also agreed to join the Bighorns. The 6-foot-8, 208-pound forward averaged 14.9 points and 9.2 rebounds per game as a sophomore at UTEP, but he went unselected in the NBA Draft in June. He spent training camp with the Kings in October, playing a total of two minutes.
Sources have confirmed to CSNBayArea.com that David Stockton will not return to Reno, although a door remains slightly open. The son of NBA legend John Stockton, David averaged 20.1 points and 9.4 assists per game for Reno a season ago. His stellar play earned him multiple call-ups to the Kings, but with three point guards on a maxed out 15 man roster, his potential for another run in Sacramento is a long shot.
Stockton will explore other options internationally, but if he decides to return to the D-League, the Bighorns would welcome him back with open arms.
Chris Reichert: Perry Jones and Jeff Ayers have both signed with NBA D-League and are in Saturday's draft, per a source #NBADL
Eric Pincus: Former Lakers guard Michael Frazier has signed with the NBA Development League - expecting to be an affiliate player with the D-Fenders
Adam Johnson: GSW training camp cut Jarell Eddie will rejoin the Austin Spurs, his agent confirms with D-League Digest.
Jorge Castillo: Not sure if this is out there but Toure’ Murry will play for the Texas Legends in the D-League, per source.
Petteway signed with the Pacers on Sunday, went through practice on Monday and then was waived. By doing so, the Mad Ants, who are owned by the Pacers, have first right to sign him. That’s what so many training camp deals are for anymore — getting guys within their system and to their D-League affiliate.
If no NBA team signs Brown before he clears waivers, he will look to play overseas instead of playing in the D-League, according to a league source familiar with his thinking.
Marc J. Spears: After being cut by the Kings, Ole Miss star guard Marshall Henderson plans to accept an offer to play for D-League Reno,a source told Yahoo.
Jody Genessy: ICYMI, the Jazz signed guards Phil Pressey and Eric Atkins to obtain their D-League rights for Idaho. They will be waived by tomorrow night.
Jody Genessy: Like E.J. Singler, the Phil Pressey signing is a move to secure his D-League rights. The Jazz are filling out their D-League affiliate's roster in Idaho. More signings are to come for the Stampede.
Chris Haynes: Center Robert Upshaw cleared waivers and will sign with Lakers' D-League affiliate (LA D-Fenders), league source informs @Clevelanddotcom.
Vincent Ellis: #Pistons announce signing of UConn PG Ryan Boatwright. Source says plan is to sign, waive and then assign to Grand Rapids.
Eric Pincus: I hear Michael Frazier will sign a D-League contract in new day or so - expecting to become a Lakers affiliate player with D-Fenders
Ryan McDonald: As expected, the Jazz have waived E.J. Singler. We should see him on the Idaho Stampede roster this season
James Ham: The Sacramento Kings have waived point guard David Stockton. He is definitely a candidate for the Reno Bighorns.
The 27-year-old forward will play for the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers' Development League affiliate.
Bobby Marks: $75k cap hit for the Hawks. Since no @nbadleague team for ATL, Petteway if he chooses can enter the draft pool.
Andy Larsen: I'm 100% sure that signing E.J. Singler (Kyle's brother!) is just to get his D-League rights on the Idaho Stampede. Good shooter, though.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Wisconsin-Green Bay's Keifer Sykes, released by San Antonio, plans to join Spurs' D-League affiliate in Austin, league source tells Yahoo.
Adam Johnson: Phoenix Suns training camp invite Terrico White will play for their D-League affiliate the Bakersfield Jam, source tells D-League Digest.
Adam Johnson: Carrick Felix will play for the Santa Cruz Warriors this season, his agent confirms with D-League Digest.
May 28, 2023 | 10:23 am EDT Update
The early around-the-league reaction to Washington’s hiring of Michael Winger to take over its front office: Pretty much every rival team I’ve spoken to is already expecting aggressive activity from the Winger-led Wizards. Don’t forget, though, that Bradley Beal can’t be in play for a trade unless he wants to be. Beal holds the NBA’s only active and full no-trade clause as he enters Year 2 of a five-year, $251 million contract, so Washington can’t send him anywhere without Beal’s consent. Also TBD: Is Kristaps Porziņģis still a near-lock to receive a contract extension from the Wizards, as it appeared earlier this season, or likely to join the in-demand Kyle Kuzma on the Wizards’ list of marquee unrestricted free agents?
Justin Kubatko: Jayson Tatum last night: ✅ 31 PTS ✅ 12 REB ✅ 5 AST It’s the seventh time Tatum has recorded at least 30p/10r/5a in a game in the 2023 NBA Playoffs, tying LeBron James (2018) for the most such games in a single postseason. Read and subscribe: open.substack.com/pub/statitudes…
NBA on ESPN: Al Horford is set to play in his 10th career Game 7. He’ll join Ray Allen (11), Paul Pierce (10) and Bill Russell (10) as players who’ve played in 10+ Game 7s. All of them played for the Celtics 🍀 pic.twitter.com/SNQWBtGTIi
One week after shocking the world in Kaunas with the two-pointer that gave Real Madrid the win against Olympiacos and the 11th EuroLeague in the club’s history, Sergio Llull wrote that history once again. The 35-year-old Spanish veteran just became Real Madrid‘s leading scorer in the ACB. With a three-pointer to give Real Madrid the 25-point lead in the last minutes of the second quarter against Gran Canaria, in Game 1 of the ACB Quarter-Finals between the EuroLeague and EuroCup champions, Sergio Llull overcame Felipe Reyes in this special ranking, crossing the line of 6.019 points.
May 28, 2023 | 7:43 am EDT Update
Mavericks not interested in Kyrie Irving sign-and-trade with Lakers for D’Angelo Russell
A popular topic all week, in the wake of Denver sweeping the Lakers out of the Western Conference finals, was the notion that L.A. could emerge as a potential sign-and-trade destination for Dallas’ free agent-to-be Kyrie Irving. While we await a clear indication about the Lakers’ intentions there, with no verifiable signal to date that pursuing Irving is among their offseason priorities, league sources say that the Mavericks would have no interest in a sign-and-trade with the Lakers that features D’Angelo Russell as the primary Dallas-bound player. All indications are that the Mavericks remain intent on re-signing Irving.
The former No. 2 overall pick has already expressed a desire to return to Los Angeles, but his future with the team remains unclear especially after Darvin Ham decided to bring him off the bench in Game 4 against the Denver Nuggets. Russell acknowledged it was a tough situation for him but wanted to remain as professional as possible about it. “I mean, it was tough,” Russell admitted. “It was tough to agree with it obviously, but in a short period of time to not become a distraction to your teammates and to everybody else that’s preparing just like you to get the one goal done which is win. I knew that was where you had to be professional. You can’t be a distraction at this point of the season and things like that, so that’s kind of how I went about it. I wanted to be professional and try to dominate my minutes when there were minutes for me.”
Lakers preferred offseason course is retaining Austin Reaves, Rui Hachimura
Retaining restricted free agents Austin Reaves and Rui Hachimura, continues to be regarded as the Lakers’ preferred offseason course. Less clear is the extent of their appetite to re-sign Russell, who averaged 6.3 points per game and shot 32.3% from the field (including 13.3% from 3-point range) during Denver’s four-game sweep.
The Celtics had to find their togetherness and it was his job as the OG to make that happen. Horford told Mazzulla to ditch the film session, organizing a team trip to Topgolf instead. They needed to have fun with each other and feel the joy again. “We completely skipped film,” Grant Williams told The Athletic. “We kept basketball away and we just focused on each other and getting that camaraderie and team back. We disconnected from the actual pressures and we were able to just enjoy one another. We’ve done movies before, we’ve done dinners. But that was our first time doing something active like that. Then we hit the film the next day.”