Adam Johnson: The Pelicans G League team will play in E…

Adam Johnson: The Pelicans G League team will play in Erie for the next 3 years (!) until renovations are complete in Birmingham, AL. That’s very exciting news for the team and I look forward to seeing them join next year.

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The New Orleans Pelicans and the NBA G League today announced that the Pelicans have acquired the right to own and operate an NBA G League team that will play in the renovated Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. The team is expected to debut in Birmingham in the 2022-23 season following the renovations. With today’s announcement, the NBA G League expands to a record 28 teams for the 2019-20 season. In an effort to accelerate player development, the team will begin play next season in Erie, Pennsylvania, as the Erie BayHawks, while its permanent home at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) undergoes renovations. The name and identity of the team in Birmingham will be announced at a later date. The Pelicans organization will engage with the Birmingham community to determine an identity that best represents the city and the region.
“I’m so pleased to welcome the New Orleans Pelicans to the NBA G League’s growing family,” said NBA G League President Malcolm Turner. “The Pelicans join the league at an exciting time: We’re on the brink of 30 teams and are coming off our most productive season to date. I look forward to fans in Birmingham enjoying NBA G League basketball for seasons to come.” “This is a tremendous day for the Pelicans organization,” said Pelicans owner Gayle Benson. “I’d like to thank the City of Birmingham, Mayor Woodfin and Tad Snider of the BJCC for being such fantastic partners in the endeavor. These are exciting times for this region, and we feel so fortunate to be a part of it.”
The event will take place at a neutral site. This is needed as the league has outgrown the facilities most NBAGL cities have in order to host a record-high 27 teams that will tip-off the upcoming season. The league is on course for 30 teams within the next “12–to-18 months” according to NBA G League President Malcolm Turner.
The upcoming NBA G League Expansion Draft is scheduled for August 22, league sources tell 2 Ways & 10 Days. Unlike previous years where multiple teams will partake due to massive expansion, only one team will utilize the expansion draft to build their roster, the Capital City Go-Go, affiliate of the Washington Wizards.
According to multiple league sources, the Trail Blazers have their eyes on setting up G League shop at the Nike World Headquarters just outside Portland in Beaverton, OR. This makes sense as a ready-made location, and also is further exposure to the Nike brand, who now supplies the NBA and the G League with their uniforms.
The New Orleans Pelicans previously announced plans to join the G League fold for the 2018–19 season last May. The team received proposals from 11 cities bidding to call the Pelicans their NBAGL home. That list was eventually reduced to one (Pensacola), after Shreveport’s City Council voted 6–0 against a $150 million dollar project to bring the team to their city. Now, Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps told the media in a radio interview last week that the team is putting their plans on hold.
Here is the complete quote from Demps and his radio interview: “Right now, we’ve put things on pause. We’re trying to, you know, find the right situation, and the right city for the team to play is essential. Currently right now, you know, we use the G League and we’ve been using other teams that have G League teams and right now we just put things on pause until we can find the right home for us. I think it’s us and two other teams that do not have a direct affiliate right now. But it will come in the future, it’s just we haven’t narrowed down the specific spot yet.”
Kumar: Dell Demps says things are on pause regarding the G league affiliate. They are looking for the best situation. Adam Johnson: The team had trouble finding a facility. Looks like they will have to wait until they secure a site.
The National Basketball Association intends to put an N.B.A. G League franchise here in the Mexican capital, according to three people familiar with the league’s plans. A team in the G League, N.B.A.’s official minor league, which would be owned and operated locally, could begin play as early as next season, according to the people, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the subject publicly.
Establishing a G League franchise on Mexican soil would be the latest serious step by the N.B.A. to gain a foothold in Mexico and gauge the viability of putting an N.B.A. team in the largest market in Latin America. While stressing that his league is not actively pursuing expansion or relocation for any of its 30 current franchises, Commissioner Adam Silver has described Mexico City as a natural contender for an eventual N.B.A. team on numerous occasions this year.
The N.B.A. G League is scheduled to have franchises owned or directly affiliated with 27 N.B.A. teams next season as it continues to work toward its long-stated “30 for 30” goal, which calls for every N.B.A. franchise to have a direct affiliate in the developmental league. The Mexico City franchise is likely to begin operations before the G League reaches 30 N.B.A.-owned franchises, but, according to the people, it would be owned and operated separate from the N.B.A.
Leonsis also has grand ambitions for the new team from a basketball standpoint. Some G League affiliates are located further afield from their parent team, but Leonsis said Monumental wanted its team close by, “so we can cross-promote, so the players and the coaches can be going back and forth, and so it looks like it’s an extension of the NBA.”
“I think it is the right time to kind of reimagine the NCAA and its relationship with the NBA,” Leonsis said. “We need to take more control of our platform, if you will, and how we deal with players. . . . I believe that the G League will allow us to have deeper drafts, create more jobs, more opportunity for players, for coaches, for staff,” he said, describing “a re-imagination of how the G league and the NBA work together.”
Shreveport and Pensacola, Florida, are the two finalists as home for the Pelicans new NBA G League team, according to a release from Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler. The G League is the old NBA Development League or D-League. The Pelicans organization hasn't made any announcements about its finalists for the team that is slated to begin playing in the 2018-19 season. The other three cities that were in the running were Baton Rouge, Jackson (Mississippi) and Mobile (Alabama).
The Wizards will have their own team in the developmental NBA G League that will be based in Washington and begin playing in the 2018-19 season. The Wizards announced the acquisition of the team Wednesday that will play home games at their new 5,000-seat practice facility in Southeast Washington. It's the 27th team in the newly renamed league sponsored by Gatorade that was previously known as the NBA D League.
The Miami Heat has purchased a controlling interest in the Skyforce, its NBA Development League franchise. The Heat says its executives will maintain full control of basketball operations while Skyforce owner Mike Heineman and his family will continue to operate the team's off court business.
The Memphis Grizzlies today unveiled their new NBA Development League affiliate team name and logo, The Memphis Hustle, which will debut this coming 2017-18 season when the league will be renamed the NBA Gatorade League (G League). Led by Head Coach Glynn Cyprien, the Memphis Hustle will practice at the Built Ford Tough Training Facility at FedExForum and play their 24 home games at the 8,400-seat Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi beginning this fall. Memphis Hustle founding partners include The Coca-Cola Company, Tanger Outlets and The Guest House at Graceland.
Inspired by the cultural ethos of Memphis and the Mid-South, the team name, Memphis Hustle, encapsulates the idea of hard work and persistence, a true nod to the Grit and Grind culture of the city, the region and its enthusiastic and loyal fan base. The typeface is a true amalgamation of the rich music history of the region from Ground Zero to the birthplace of soul at Stax, while the newly designed inline combines inspiration from the Grizzlies and Beale Street neon with the flow of the mighty Mississippi River. Ending with the star, paying tribute to the region’s biggest names and looking ahead to the Grizzlies stars of tomorrow.
Chances are good the LA Clippers will start a D-League team in Southern California next season, with the possibility that the latest piece in what has become a massive growth spurt by the minor league will have immediate international implications.
While the Clippers have not finalized a deal, it is known they continue to work toward an expansion franchise for 2017-18, with multiple people close to the situation saying an announcement could come soon, possibly within a couple weeks.
If the franchise does start in 2017-18, the Clippers would push harder to have 2016 second-round pick David Michineau come to the United States to develop in their system rather than spend another season in France. At the very least, the hope is that Michineau will play in summer league in Las Vegas.
Originally, D-League Digest reported the team was expected to join the D-League for the 2018-19 season, but have since fast-tracked plans to have their own club for the next season. The Clippers are looking to set up shop in Ontario, CA according to multiple league sources. The organization has a strong desire to play there, but are currently pending league approval.
The Orlando Magic have named their new NBA Development League affiliate the Lakeland Magic, team officials announced Wednesday afternoon. Swans, Alchemy, Voodoo, Dragons, Illusion, Lakers were proposed nicknames that also received multiple entries in a name-the-team contest, an Orlando Magic spokesman said.
The New Orleans Pelicans have reached out to Gulfport as a potential destination for its new NBA D-League affiliate. That inquiry begs the question: Can minor league basketball work in the Coast’s largest city? There’s no large arena in Gulfport and minor league basketball has yet to succeed in South Mississippi. Gulfport is one of 11 towns on the Pelicans’ preliminary list, joining seven sites in Louisiana — Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, Shreveport and St. Tammany Parish. Mobile, Pensacola and Jackson are the other potential destinations. The Pelicans are also open to hearing from other cities as they enter the early stages of getting a team ready to take the court for the 2018-19 season.
Scott Kushner: #Pelicans F Cheick Diallo said it's a great move for NO to gets its own DLeague team. He said playing for 3 teams was difficult this year.
The franchise is sending a Request for Proposal (RFP) to 11 different cities and/or communities across Louisiana (seven), Mississippi (two), Alabama (one) and Florida (one). The cities were selected based on our team and NBA research. The team will be owned and operated by New Orleans Pelicans Owner Tom Benson and will be a direct, one-to-one affiliate of the Pelicans.
Fred Katz: Silver reiterates the D-League goal is to move to a 30-team league, one-to-one relationships with each NBA team.
The Milwaukee Bucks and the NBA Development League today announced that the Bucks have acquired the right to own and operate an NBA D-League team that will begin play in Oshkosh, Wis., for the 2017-18 season. As part of the deal, Fox Valley Pro Basketball led by Greg Pierce will be constructing a new 3,500-seat arena for the new minor league team. With the purchase, the Bucks become the 20th NBA team to own and operate an NBA D-League affiliate while the NBA D-League grows to a record 25 teams for next season.
The Bucks have scheduled a 3 p.m. news conference in Oshkosh on Wednesday. A new 3,500-seat arena is being built in Oshkosh and is expected to be ready in time for next season.
Action 2 News has confirmed an announcement on the Milwaukee Bucks’ development league team will be made Wednesday. The Milwaukee Bucks, an investor group and city officials all tell Action 2 News the announcement will be held in Oshkosh.
The Hawks announced that their NBA Development League team will play in Erie, Pennsylvania for two seasons before it is permanently relocated to College Park, Georgia. The Haws will partner with the Erie BayHawks current management team, led by Owen McCormick and Matt Bresee, for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons as the 24th D-League franchise. The team will move to College Park for the 2019-20 season in a new arena.
Members of current Hawks management have a previous relationship with the BayHawks. Wilcox helped create and run the BayHawks while he worked for the Cavaliers. The BayHawks were a multi-affiliated franchise at their start. John Treloar, the Hawks current director of player personnel, served as the coach of the BayHawks for the first two seasons. Wilcox helped run the BayHawks for a third season before the Cavaliers bought the D-League franchise in Canton. Wilcox served as that franchise’s first general manager until he joined the Hawks as assistant general manager in 2012.
The Hawks are in the final stages of an agreement to operate a D-League franchise much earlier than originally expected, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Hawks will replace the Magic in operating the Erie (Pa.) BayHawks beginning with the 2017-18 season. The deal would not interfere with the timeline for the Hawks’ planned franchise in College Park that will begin operating for the 2019-20 season.The deal in pending final approval. The Hawks will operate the BayHawks for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.
Marc Stein: Memphis adding a @nbadleague franchise will take the league to 23 teams and @Scott Howard-Cooper reports that more expansion is on the way. So the prospect of a 30-team @nbadleague inches closer. Rumbles at the D-League Showcase last week had the league at 24/25 teams next season
Silver mentioned that one of the most important factors in bringing the NBA abroad is whether the host city's venue can support the teams. Silver pointed to Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico as being a "state-of-the-art facility" that could host a D-League team in the future. Raul Zarraga, managing director of NBA Mexico said Thursday that it's time for the country to start developing NBA-caliber players and the league needs "to work more closely with local authorities to see how we can grow the basketball professionally to find new players that in the future can play in the NBA. Silver agreed, saying the plan now is to start an NBA development academy in Mexico.
The Orlando Magic’s D-League affiliate is asking fans to help name its team that will play in Lakeland starting in the 2017-18 season. Ideas for team names can be submitted at from January 9 - January 20. The first person to submit the selected winning name will receive two season tickets for the inaugural 2017-18 season. In addition, the first 10 people to participate in the contest will receive a pair of opening night tickets for the inaugural 2017-18 Lakeland D-League season.
On Dec. 14, the Orlando Magic and the NBA Development League announced that the Magic purchased the Erie BayHawks with plans to relocate the team to Lakeland, Florida, to begin play during the 2017-18 season. With the purchase, the Magic became the 17th NBA team to own and operate their NBA D-League affiliate. The franchise, which will be owned and operated by the Orlando Magic, will play its 24 home games at The Lakeland Center. Season ticket deposits for the 2017-18 season are now being accepted by calling 407-447-2210 or logging on to
Chris Reichert: The Orlando Magic have chosen Lakeland Center for their D-League affiliate's location, per @Brady_Fred. Now will be interesting to see what happens with Erie BayHawks, who are current D-League affiliate for the Orlando Magic. #NBADL
In an interview with The Journal Times last week, Peter Feigin, the president of the Bucks, said the organization intended to make a decision by Thanksgiving on the location of their planned D-League team. Feigin said Racine, Oshkosh and Sheboygan all remained in the hunt. But Monday night, after the Bucks’ game against the Orlando Magic at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Feigin wasn’t optimistic about the team reaching a decision by Thursday. “I don’t think we’re going to do it by then,’’ Feigin said while leaving the building.
Spearheading Sheboygan’s mission to garner the Bucks’ D-League is Joe Wolf, who is considered by some the greatest high school basketball player ever in Wisconsin. Wolf played in the NBA, including one season with the Bucks, and later was an assistant coach for the team. He is also familiar with the D-League, having been the head coach of the Idaho Stampede and Colorado 14ers. “No news,’’ Wolf said Tuesday about whether Bucks officials had contacted him about the D-League situation. And Dickert said on Tuesday night, “We haven’t heard anything from them (the Bucks).’’
The Milwaukee Bucks appear on the brink of determining the location of their new NBA Development League team. Bucks president Peter Feigin told The Journal Times in late June that the organization had whittled the list of cities under consideration for its new D-League team to Racine, Oshkosh and Sheboygan. Now, almost five months later, Feigin said, “all three cities are still in the mix’’ and added, “We’re expecting to make a decision before Thanksgiving.’’
“We anticipate there will be people at all levels, not just local investors,’’ Dickert said. Dickert wouldn’t disclose the names of any potential investors, but did confirm Racine native and two-time NBA All-Star Caron Butler could be a part of a consortium of investors. Butler has consistently been involved in Racine community activities and said several years ago in a Journal Times report that he wanted to eventually do something significant for his hometown.
The Orlando Magic are likely to choose the location for their Florida-based NBA Development League affiliate within a month, Magic CEO Alex Martins told the Orlando Sentinel. The Magic are negotiating with two finalists: Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee and The Lakeland Center in Lakeland. Martins said the Magic hope to decide "within the next 30 days."
“It’s good shit, man. And now it’s gone.” Paul Waldon followed the familiar path to his courtside box suite as he said this. Along the Idaho Stampede side of the baseline, it was the same spot he’d had as a season-ticket holder from day one. Waldon brought his Stampede game program from November 14, 1997, to commemorate tonight’s contest. He’d given this quite some consideration – maybe he should rock his 2008 D-League championship hat, instead – but in the end he settled on the inaugural program with the first-ever Stampede roster card, the numbers and names of players aligned both alphabetically and numerically. The program was a sign that, for Waldon, this was a special event. Tonight’s game against the Santa Cruz Warriors wasn’t just the regular season finale; he was sure it was going to be the final game in team history.
The NBA Development League and the Sacramento Kings today announced that the team has acquired a controlling interest in the NBA D-League’s Reno Bighorns. With the purchase, the Kings become the 15th NBA team to own and operate its NBA D-League affiliate. “With today’s purchase, half of NBA teams now own and operate their NBA D-League affiliate – an important milestone that proves how essential developing top young NBA talent has become,” said NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner. “I’m thrilled to welcome Vivek Ranadivé and the Sacramento Kings’ ownership group to the NBA D-League family and want to thank Herb Santos for his integral role in Bighorns basketball.”
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Jazz tade Derrick Favors to Thunder

Oklahoma City further added to its stockpile of future first-round picks as the Utah Jazz agreed to send a future No. 1 and center Derrick Favors to the Thunder for a future second-round pick, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday. Before the move, the Thunder already had 12 first-round picks above and beyond their own — some of which they can swap — over the next five drafts. Oklahoma City traded the No. 16 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft to the Houston Rockets for two future first-rounders — in 2022 (via the Pistons) and 2023 (via the Wizards). The Rockets then used the selection to pick Alperen Sengun.
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Colangelo on Trae Young: “I’m happy that he wants to play for USA Basketball. We had him in one of our camps. We know him in USA Basketball. He’s done really well in the NBA. But predicated on what we felt we needed, he didn’t fit the bill this time around. He’s a young player, he has a future with USA Basketball but it was the opinion of our staff that it wasn’t now. It’s for others to make the declaration ‘you made a mistake.’”
Can roster continuity ever return? Colangelo: “Some things are under your control and some things are not. When I took over I did have some control over setting the tone. I did want a three-year commitment. I needed three-year commitments and I got them. Be it from Carmelo, LeBron, Wade, Chris Paul, etc. We had a good format where we had competition every two years. But the powers that be changed the format and they thought it was going to be a positive — and I immediately said it may be good for the rest of the world but it’s not for USA Basketball.”
As for the players, Colangelo pointed to injuries to Kyle Kuzma, Jayson Tatum, and Marcus Smart that did them in during the World Cup, and the pandemic-condensed schedule that kept a quarter of the roster away because they were in the Finals. And also, this team, as constructed, can still win gold. “If we had everyone in training camp at one time and we were working collectively toward all of our goals and objectives, we would have been much further along. … If all things were equal, we all had the same time to practice, we all had our rosters set, blah blah blah, I don’t think we’d be having this discussion. I don’t. But that’s not the case. So we are gonna do everything we can to overcome it now, and I believe we will.” — Colangelo
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Aron Baynes done for the Olympics

Aaron Baynes was ruled out for the rest of the Olympics after suffering a neck injury, Australia announced Friday. The injury during the Boomer’s win over Italy in the preliminary round of the tournament, Sunday. Baynes is expected to recover in the coming weeks, but not in time to help Australia for the rest of the tournament. Australia, who has a 2-0 record in the Olympics, will face Germany Saturday in the third pool game of Group B.
Spain players Marc Gasol, Alberto Abalde and Usman Garuba have been placed in semi-isolation after coming into close contact with with a person who tested positive for COVID-19,EFE reports, citing confirmation by the Spanish Federation. All three players can practice and play in the games but have to stay in individual rooms and travel in a different vehicle than the rest of the national team squad.
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“A lot of (players) called me and said they wanted to play, and then said, ‘hmm, I’m not so sure.’ I can understand it, there’s been a lot of things going on,” Colangelo said. “It’s challenging when you can’t even go out the door, except to practice or to a game. It’s really hard. If all things were equal, we all had the same time to practice, we all had our rosters set…I don’t think we’d be having this discussion. I don’t. But that’s not the case. So we are going do everything we can to overcome it now, and I believe we will.”