Celtics draft pick Marcus Thornton has returned from Australia’s National Basketball League and joined the Maine Red Claws, according to his father, Wayne Thornton. The Celtics selected Thornton 45th overall last June with the intention of having him play overseas. He signed with the Sydney Kings of the NBL and had some success despite tumult within the franchise. The Kings had a midseason coaching change and their star forward, former NBA player Josh Childress, was hampered by injuries. “I think it was a good experience,” Wayne Thornton said. “The team had some of their own issues, but overall it was a good experience for him.”
Marc Stein: One for the @nbadleague devotees: Hearing that NBA vet Chris Douglas-Roberts will soon rejoin the @TexasLegends
Chris Reichert: Hearing that Tim Frazier was in attendance for Maine tonight and will re-join the team in coming days (h/t @Greg_Levinsky) #NBADL
Chris Reichert: Jordan Hamilton has officially signed with the D-League and has been acquired by the RGV Vipers who held his returning rights, per source
Chris Dempsey: Hearing that former Atlanta Hawks standout Josh Childress is likely headed to the D-League after his season in Australia ends.
Chris Reichert: Keith Bogans has officially signed his contract with the NBA D-League and is now on waivers, per league source
Chris Reichert: Multiple NBADL teams have invited Baron Davis to practice with them for potential roster add. He has declined them all, per league sources
Marc J. Spears: Two-time NBA All-Star Baron Davis has signed a contract with the D-League tonight in his hopes for an NBA comeback, a source told Yahoo.
Chris Reichert: NBA veteran Keith Bogans will sign with the NBA D-League in coming days, per a league source #NBADL
Adam Johnson: The Bakersfield Jam have claimed Xavier Silas off waivers, league source tells D-League Digest.
Jorge Sierra: Guard John Lucas III is headed to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the D-League, we're told.
A couple of weeks ago he reconnected with his former agent, Todd Ramasar, and Saturday held a private workout for the Dallas Mavericks. They supposedly remain interested, but as with everyone else, they want to see him play first. While a source close to Davis says interest also has been expressed by teams in Finland, Israel and Australia, where former Knicks teammate Al Harrington is currently playing for the Sydney Kings, going overseas would probably push a return to the NBA to next season. It also might make it difficult for him to keep up his maintenance work with Hines and Dr. Khaziran. Forging his way back through the no-frills D-League actually holds a certain appeal. He doesn't want to come back because of who he was. He wants to make it back because of who he is.
So could he possibly recapture any of that, at 36, after a three-plus-year absence? "I don't know that people know the shape he's in," says Hollins, who worked out with him between being released by the Memphis Grizzlies in late October and picked up by the Washington Wizards at the end of November. "He can still play a couple years in this league."
Two of Baron's former coaches, Mike Dunleavy and Paul Silas, are certain he still could contribute even without an ability to attack the rim. "He's one of the smartest players I've ever coached," Dunleavy says. "That part of the game is never leaving him. Because of his size you could also throw him down in the post, and he's a terrific ball-handler, has vision and can get you into your sets. I'd have no concerns about bringing him in as a third guard and mentor to the young guys."
Two-time NBA All-Star guard Baron Davis is expected to sign a contract with the NBA's Development League by Wednesday, his agent Todd Ramasar told Yahoo Sports.
Davis, 36, decided over the weekend that he would sign a contract to join the D-League after contemplating the move for two years. Ramasar said that Davis' wife recently gave birth to their second child, which pushed his hopes of joining the D-League until after Jan. 20.
The Dallas Mavericks, who have been known to add NBA veterans to the roster of their D-League affiliate, the Texas Legends, worked out Davis in Los Angeles last Sunday, Ramasar said. "He is looking forward to playing in the D-League and showing teams what he is capable of," Ramasar told Yahoo Sports. "He feels that the timing is right. More than anything Baron has put in the training and is confident in his body. He feels he is ready to return to the NBA."
Davis has been working out daily with former NBA assistant and player development coach Rico Hines, his former UCLA teammate, in Los Angeles. The 6-foot-3 combo guard last played competitively in the Drew League Pro-Am in Los Angeles last summer. "Every pro athlete wants to retire on his terms," said Ramasar, who also played with Davis at UCLA. "His current last game wasn't the way he wanted to go out. He is very excited about the D-League."
Marc J. Spears: Ex-NBA guard Baron Davis’ agent Todd Ramasar tells Yahoo that his client plans on making his D-League debut after 1/20.
Chris Reichert: Former Philadelphia 76er Xavier Silas has signed an NBA D-League contract, per a source #NBADL
Chris Reichert: Baron Davis has signed with the NBA D-League, per a league source #NBADL
Chris Reichert: Former Grizzlies guard Russ Smith has signed with the NBA D-League, per a league source
Marc Stein: With an eye toward a quick NBA call-up, veteran guard John Lucas has entered the @nbadleague player pool, according to ESPN sources
“It’s a sacrifice league. The money is not that great, but it pays the bills. During the summer, I try to make that money up that I didn’t make playing in the D-League by playing in the Dominican Republic or Puerto Rico. It works for me,” Maurice Baker said (expected to extend his D-League record for games played to 356 on Friday night).
Each D-League team has a $183,000 salary cap, and players are afforded accommodations – typically with a roommate – in a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment, health insurance, league-related transportation, and a $50 per day per diem on the road.
Marc J. Spears: D-League Santa Cruz is signing guard Aaron Craft to replace new Grizzlies guard Elliot Williams, source said. Craft expected to play Friday.
Chris Reichert: The Los Angeles D-Fenders have claimed Ryan Gomes off waivers, per a league source #NBADL
Brian Seltzer: Delaware 87ers officially announce the team picked up Christian Wood by way of the in-season affiliate rule. Rysheed Jordan waived.
Shams Charania: Christian Wood has cleared free agency waivers and will be active for Delaware tonight at NBA D-League showcase, league sources tell Yahoo.
Chris Reichert: The Idaho Stampede announce they have officially re-acquired Pierre Jackson. Team waived Travis Relaford to open roster spot. #NBADL
Adam Johnson: Upon clearing waivers, Christian Wood is expected to join the 87ers, league source tells D-League Digest.
Marc J. Spears: Former NBA big man Greg Smith is expected to be in uniform for the D-League Raptors on Thursday vs Sioux Falls in Santa Cruz.
Chris Reichert: NBA veteran Ryan Gomes has signed a contract with the NBA D-League, per a league source #NBADL
Chris Reichert: Also, the Raptors 905 acquired DeAndre Daniels as a draft rights player, per a source #NBADL
Marc J. Spears: Free agent guard Pierre Jackson has signed with the D-League, a source told Yahoo Sports. D-League Idaho holds waiver priority over Jackson.
Chris Reichert: Former NBA center (Rockets/Mavs), Greg Smith has signed with the NBA D-League, per a league source. The Texas Legends hold waiver priority right now so they get first dibs at Greg Smith if they want him. Legends have Michael Eric already but adding Smith would give them quite the formidable front court, especially for the D-League #NBADL
Chris Reichert: Former Houston Rocket Nick Johnson has signed with the NBA D-League per a league source #NBADL
Chris Reichert: The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired Jamaal Franklin as returning player, the team announced #NBADL
David 'Dubi' Pick: Source: John Holland, last with Besiktas, to enter the D-League in pursuit of NBA deal.
Jimmer Fredette is expected to make his debut with the Westchester Knicks of the NBA Development League on Monday night. Westchester took the former college player of the year with the No. 2 pick this year, but he was then signed by the New Orleans Pelicans and played four games for them before being waived on Nov. 19.
Chris Reichert: Can confirm, the Reno Bighorns have acquired David Stockton as returning player and he will be available tonight vs Idaho. The Bighorns now have an abundance of PGs with Stockton, Sundiata Gaines & Cliff Hammonds #NBADL
Chris Reichert: Erick Green has been claimed off waivers by the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League, per a source #NBADL
Ian Begley: Unless he signs as a free agent elsewhere, he's headed back to the Knicks' D-League team ... RT: SportCenter: Pelicans waive Jimmer Fredette. He appeared in 50 games last season, averaging 3.6 PPG and 1.2 APG in 10.2 Mins PG.
Marc J. Spears: Ex-NBA All-Star Josh Howard, 35, plans to join the D-League in hopes of an NBA return and is open to playing overseas, a source told Yahoo.
The Delaware 87ers today announced the team has re-acquired Sean Kilpatrick as a returning player. Kilpatrick will be active for tonight’s game against the Canton Charge.
Adam Johnson: The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired Justin Harper, 32nd pick of 2011 NBA Draft the team announced today.
Adam Johnson: Elliot Williams will return to the Santa Cruz Warriors this season, his agent confirms with D-League Digest.
Marc J. Spears: Ex-NBA center Daniel Orton is expected to be in uniform with D-League Santa Cruz for their opener on Friday vs Bakersfield, sources told Y!
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.
July 7, 2022 | 6:31 am EDT Update
“From what I understand, I don’t think the Nets are thrilled with the offers they have gotten for Durant yet,” said Windhorst. “I don’t think that that’s a hot take considering that they’re reassessing with where they’re at. I think the reason is this: It’s somewhat known in the NBA that Durant prefers going to the Phoenix Suns and the Suns offer, what they have to offer right now just isn’t that interesting to Brooklyn. Brooklyn is interested in other things. That’s why Woj and others talking about needing a third or fourth team in a deal.
Since Kevin Durant requested a trade from the Nets last Thursday, he’s reportedly “gone dark” in regards to speaking with other basketball players and team personnel, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes. “Since he requested a trade, there’s been numerous stars that I’ve spoken to, numerous stars that have been trying to get in touch with him to pick his brain to see if he would consider other avenues, just want to get a sense of what he’s thinking—KD’s going dark,” Haynes said on his Posted Up podcast. “He’s not talking to anybody. Not answering anybody’s phone calls, not responding to texts. The only time you see him get out into the sunlight is when he responds on Twitter, and he’s not saying anything much on there.”
“I think that’s another consideration Brooklyn has to make about whether it’s a positive or negative to move Kyrie Irving either before Kevin Durant or after Kevin Durant,” Woj said regarding an Irving trade on NBA Today. “The market is certainly very different for Kevin Durant than it is for Kyrie Irving. “The Nets have talked with the Lakers and I believe there has been back-and-forth, some communication. You look at where there’s cap space right now and a team like San Antonio could be a facilitator right now in let’s say a Russell Westbrook for Kyrie Irving deal between the teams. They have the cap space. Now, you have to incentivize them at a pretty high level and I think that’s the willingness of the Lakers to incentivize a deal with multiple draft picks. I think that’s part of the reason that the deal hasn’t gone anywhere yet.”
John Gambadoro: I do believe we are close to a resolution on Deandre Ayton maybe even by tomorrow. Indiana has the cap space and I’ve heard rumblings of them signing him to an offer sheet. I’ve also heard Toronto has some interest but I do not know at what level.
While Deandre Ayton has been viewed as a potential trade chip in Kevin Durant talks, the restricted free-agent center has reportedly been exploring his options elsewhere. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said on the Hoop Collective podcast (44:50 mark) that Ayton has taken meetings with teams that “are not involved in potential Durant negotiations.” It’s unclear whether any of those teams have made formal contract offers.
After a season where he even flirted with the final four, Mike James is ready to say “yes” to Monaco’s offer that will keep him in the team with the aim of reaching at least Europe’s top four in the upcoming season. Before the season even ended, Monaco had presented a renewal offer to James, which was below the threshold of two million euros per year. Now the amounts have risen to this level and James, who was discreetly looking toward the NBA, is ready to accept it and remain in the Principality.