Adam Johnson: NBA veteran Spencer Hawes has signed a G League contract and is available to be claimed off waivers league source tells @2Ways10Days
Adam Johnson: Former Memphis Grizzlies first round draft pick Jordan Adams has signed a G League contract source tells @2Ways10Days
Adam Johnson: Former NBA first round pick and Syracuse alum Chris McCullough has signed a G League contract and is eligible to be claimed off waivers, league source tells @Adam Johnson
Joe Truck: Per press release, the Drive have released Joe Kilgore and resigned Zach Lofton. Lofton was released following the Pistons dissolving his 2-way deal.
Okaro White, the 6’8” Brooklyn-born forward who’s played 44 NBA games over the last three years, has signed with the Long Island Nets, the team announced. Long Island acquired his G League rights last year and he became available when he was waived by the Wizards two weeks ago.
Gary Washburn: Former first-round pick Archie Goodwin has returned from China and joined G-League Maine. The Red Claws acquired his rights in the offseason. #Celtics
Adam Johnson: The @CapitalCityGoGo have reacquired Chasson Randle, and have waived Devin Sweetney, the team announced today.
The Maine Red Claws, presented by Unum, announced that Andrew White has signed a contract with the NBA G League, and will return to the Maine Red Claws as a Returning Player.
Adam Johnson: RGV Vipers alum Chinanu Onuaku has signed a G League contract according to a league source. He will be draft eligible on Saturday.
Adam Johnson: After being waived by the Bulls earlier this week, Antonius Cleveland has signed a G League contract according to a league source. His rights are with the Santa Cruz Warriors. A nice addition after losing Tyler Ulis to a two-way to the same Bulls.
Adam Johnson: NBA veteran DeJuan Blair has signed a G League contract and will be eligible for Saturday’s @nbagleague draft according to a league source. Blair last played in the G League during 2016-17 season averaging 10.9 pts, 5.9 rebs in just under 20 mins per game.
Adam Johnson: NBA veteran Hakim Warrick has signed a G League contract according to a league source. He will be eligible for this Saturday’s @nbagleague draft.
Adam Johnson: Bazley would be G League Draft eligible in October. He would not be NBA draft eligible until he turns 19 which would be after the NBAGL season. He would not be call-up eligible.
Darius Bazley answered that question Wednesday, by decomitting to Syracuse and declaring for the 2018–19 NBA G League season instead via Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. According to league sources, others McDonald’s All-Americans are also considering the jump to the G League as well but have remained undecided about the venture.
Iowa Wolves head coach Scott Roth, however, doesn’t see it as a positive addition to the G League. “I think it’d be disastrous,” Roth told 2 Ways & 10 Days last week when the Wolves visited Santa Cruz. “I think at the end of the day, and I’ve said this before, (G League) is the toughest league in the world.”
Scott Roth: “It’s tougher than the NBA, tougher than Europe. There’s just so many things constantly going on down here. You got a bunch of guys with a bunch of different agendas, you’ve got agents telling guys what they want, you got teams telling them what they want. And so you’re going to get a 17, 18-year old kid and throw them in this environment with 26, 27-year old men who have a different agenda and try to manage a kid, and it’s already hard enough to manage young kids with one year of college experience.”
McDonald’s All American and Syracuse commit Darius Bazley — a projected top-10 selection in the 2019 NBA draft — has decided to turn professional and plans to sign in the NBA G League, Bazley told Yahoo Sports. Bazley, 17, told Yahoo Sports he has decommitted from Syracuse and will play in the G League after discussing several options with his mother, Lynnita Bazley, close family members and Princeton (Cincinnati) High School coach Steve Wright. Several players have set a trend of leaving collegiate commitments to play overseas, but Bazley’s decision to bypass the one-and-done format for the G League is unprecedented.
“This is a life-changing decision,” Bazley, one of the top players in the Class of 2018, told Yahoo Sports. “I put a lot of thinking into this with my mom and close circle, especially sitting down with her. It’s just like making the decision to which college you want to go to. Me and her did some talking, and I prayed on it. I talked to my high school coach, Steve, who played overseas, and then I talked to a couple of guys in the G League who have experience. Ultimately, playing professional basketball has always been my dream. It’s always going to be the dream goal, always going to be the goal until I achieve it. This is going to put me one step closer to doing so.
“The G League will have the most to offer, considering that is the development league for the NBA,” he continued. “I will get more out of that than going overseas. The G League is the closest thing to the NBA. I see most guys now are spending time in the G League even after they went to school and the draft, so this gives me the chance to accelerate the process. There have been a lot of successful guys who have been brought up in the G League, and I’m confident that I will be one of them. I’m self-motivated because I know this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. This is how I want to make a living. This is how I want to provide for my family, and provide for my love of basketball. I’m not playing any games with this. I’m attacking this straight forward. I’m not maneuvering around this, take any side steps. I’m taking this head on. This is the decision that I made, and I know it will work. I know what I’m capable of doing, and I’m going to do just that.”
NBA executives believe he can be one of the best players in the 2019 draft. At 6-foot-9, Bazley has the potential to be a dynamic playmaker, ball-handler in the open floor and defensive force. Bazley turns 18 in June and will then be eligible to formally sign a G League contract in September and enter the league’s annual draft in October.
Adam Johnson: Less exposure in the G League for 18 year olds? Perhaps. But I think it's the type of exposure that matters. For 18 year olds, you're playing in front of scouts every night.
Adam Johnson: NBA Veteran Willie Warren has signed a G League contract, league sources tell @Adam Johnson. Warren last played in the CBA for the Shanxi Brave Dragons.
The Agua Caliente Clippers acquired guard Tim Quarterman from the available player pool, per the NBA G League official website.
The Santa Cruz Warriors are signing former first-round pick Terrence Jones, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal to add the 25-year-old forward won’t be official later this week.
The Wisconsin Herd, the NBA G League affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks, added NBA veteran Shannon Brown to its roster while Xavier Munford plays for Team USA during the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers.
Up to 129 players were cut during training camp last month. So far, 120 have already found a new destination. In all but 10 cases, that new home was located in North America. That’s a paltry 8.3 percent of the total. That number may grow a bit as the season progresses, but there’s no question in the last few years there’s a pattern of players passing more and more on moving overseas to try their luck Stateside – most of the times in the G League.
“The NBA has put a tremendous amount of resources into the G League,” agent Mark Bartelstein said. “The G League is being run much more professionally than ever before. The teams are investing much more money in trying to develop players there.” The players have more hope that they are going to be discovered or scouted in the D-League now than they were seven or eight years ago.”
Chris Reichert: The Wisconsin Herd have acquired former NBA guard Shannon Brown from the player pool, per a league source #GLeague
Chris Reichert: The Iowa Wolves have acquired Perry Jones III as a returning player. They also waived Tony Parker #GLeague
Ian Begley: Jeremy Evans is joining the Erie Bayhawks of G-League, league sources tell ESPN. He won the NBA’s Slam Dunk contest in 2012, and has played with Jazz and Mavs.
Chris Reichert: Former Knick Cleanthony Early has signed a G League contract (RR w/Santa Cruz Warriors), per a source
David 'Dubi' Pick: Source: 2018 NBA draft prospect Darin Johnson has withdrawn from CSUN and signed in the G-League.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Undrafted Georgetown forward LJ Peak has agreed to partial guarantee with Boston. He'll likely spend time w/ Maine minor affiliate.
Ian Begley: UConn's Rodney Purvis agreed to a partially guaranteed deal with Orlando, league sources told ESPN. Purvis is likely headed to G League.
The Austin Spurs, presented by SWBC, today announced they have acquired guard Orlando Johnson. Johnson most recently played in Russia for UNICS Kazan, where he averaged 15.9 points and 3.8 rebounds in eight VTB United League games.
Ira Winderman: Point guard Larry Drew II has rejoined the Heat's D-League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
Chris Reichert: Larry Drew II has signed a contract with the NBA D-League, per a league source #NBADL The Sioux Falls Skyforce hold his rights.
Chris Reichert: Tyler Hansbrough has signed a contract with the NBA D-League, per a league source #NBADL
Randle had signed two 10-day contracts with the Sixers, but was cut before the trade deadline as Philadelphia remade its roster with a series of trades, including sending Nerlens Noel to the Mavericks. The Westchester Knicks had Randle’s D-League rights, but he refused to rejoin them, according to a source, as he was in talks with two other NBA teams.
Ray McCallum, after two 10-day contracts with the Charlotte Hornets, returned to the Grand Rapids Drive and played in Saturday's 136-122 loss to Rio Grande Valley. McCallum did not appear in a game during his stay with the NBA team. He was the first member of the Drive to get a call-up this season. McCallum scored eight points with three assists in 23 minutes against Rio Grande in his first action since Feb. 1.
Chris Reichert: Derrick Byars has signed a contract with the NBA D-League, per a league source #NBADL
Chris Reichert: David Stockton has returned to the NBA D-League and will join the Reno Bighorns as a returning player, per a league source #NBADL
The Delaware 87ers today announced that the team has acquired NBA veteran and three-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion Nate Robinson. Robinson (5-9, 180) won NBA Slam Dunk Contests in 2006, 2009 and 2010. He has 618 NBA games on his resume, with career averages of 11 points, two rebounds, three assists and one steal per game across ten seasons with New York, Chicago, Boston, Denver, Golden State, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City and New Orleans.
Some NBA players are taking the D-League route, like Ben Gordon. Charlie Villanueva: Which is crazy. Yeah, we’re talking about Ben Gordon. Charlie Villanueva: Ben is a tremendous player, his whole NBA career speaks for itself. We won a college championship together, played together in Detroit with the Pistons for years. But that’s one of the reasons when I look at that situation, I’m like ‘Wow, Ben Gordon went to the D-League!’ That’s amazing, that’s a big deal. If he could do it, how can I not do it? He’s working his way up trying to get an NBA job. So I don’t mind doing the same thing. That kind of inspired me a little bit. The D-League is a possibility. Whatever it takes. I want to play.
Chris Reichert: Both Nate Robinson and Prince Ibeh have signed D-League contracts as of this morning, per a league source #NBADL
Chris Reichert: The Iowa Energy have acquired Troy Williams and waived DeAndre Mathieu, the team announced #NBADL
Robinson on Thursday signed a contract with the NBA Development League, his agent, Herman Manakyan, told The Vertical. Robinson will formally enter the D-League’s available player pool once his letter of clearance returns from Israel, where he played for Hapoel Tel Aviv last season. Oklahoma City, Erie, Texas, Fort Wayne and Grand Rapids hold the top priorities in the D-League waiver order.
Chris Reichert: The Reno Bighorns have acquired Gary Neal via trade with the Texas Legends for a '17 4th rd pick, per league source #NBADL
Chris Reichert: Stephane Lasme has signed a contract with the NBA D-League, per a league source #NBADL
Adam Johnson: Windy City Bulls claim Hollis Thompson off waivers and will trade him to Austin Spurs for Jarell Eddie, league source tells @DLeagueDigest
Chris Reichert: The Texas Legends officially announce acquisition of Ben Gordon off waivers. @AdamJNBA reported first. #NBADL
Chris Reichert: The Delaware 87ers officially announce acquisition of Russ Smith. He will be active for their NBADL Showcase game today vs Greensboro
Adam Johnson: The Texas Legends have acquired former Chicago Bulls star Ben Gordon off waivers, league source tells D-League Digest.
Adam Johnson: Former NBA veteran Ben Gordon has signed a D-League contract, league source tells @DLeagueDigest. Windy City Bulls sit atop waiver order
Chris Reichert: Ben Bentil has rejoined the Fort Wayne Mad Ants after his stint in China. He will be available for the D-League Showcase per the team #NBADL
The Greensboro Swarm announced today that the team has acquired returning rights player Aaron Harrison. The Swarm’s roster now stands at 12.
Chris Reichert: Pierre Jackson has rejoined the Texas Legends after being waived by the Mavericks #NBADL
David 'Dubi' Pick: Barcelona forward Jonathan Holmes is returning to Cavaliers D-League affiliate, according to source. He's a legit call-up candidate.
Chris Mannix: Former Celtics first round pick R.J. Hunter has been acquired by the D-League's Long Island Nets, per team.
Chris Reichert: NBA veteran Gary Neal has signed a contract with the NBA D-League, per a league source #NBADL
Chris Reichert: The Canton Charge announce they acquired John Holland as a returning player. @David 'Dubi' Pick 1st to report.
David 'Dubi' Pick: John Holland has returned to D-League, according to source. Cavaliers affiliate Canton Charge hold his rights.
The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired Jeff Ayres as a returning player, it was announced today by General Manager Nick Mazzella. The 6-foot-9 forward returns to Los Angeles after appearing in two games with the team last season.
Alex Kennedy: Xavier Silas is returning to the Northern Arizona Suns of the @nbadleague and will make his season debut on Saturday, according to sources.
Chris Reichert: Tony Wroten signed with the D-League and was claimed off waivers by the Texas Legends, per a league source #NBADL
Chris Reichert: Archie Goodwin has signed a contract with the NBA D-League, a source tells @The_Step_Back #NBADL
Adam Johnson: The Reno Bighorns have claimed Kendall Marshall off waivers, league source tells D-League Digest.
Adam Johnson: The Oklahoma City Blue have claimed former Memphis Grizzly Jordan Adams off waivers, league source tells D-League Digest.
Marc Stein: Quincy Acy, who you expect back in the NBA soon, enters the @nbadleague player pool, sources say. LA D-Fenders sit No. 1 on the waiver wire.
Exactly four months following that Twitter rant, it looks like Wafer will get that one last opportunity for the NBA. That opportunity will come in the D-League with the Delaware 87ers, as the team announced on Friday afternoon that they claimed the NBA veteran off the waiver wire. The addition of Wafer is a necessary move for the 87ers as the team only had three players in their backcourt rotation: Cat Barber, Dionte Christmas and Brandon Triche.
Chris Reichert: Chris Johnson has signed with the NBA D-League and has been acquired by the RGV Vipers as a returning player, source tells @The_Step_Back
David 'Dubi' Pick: Source: Pierre Jackson bound for Texas Legends with hopes of scoring NBA deal. He was a stud in Croatia.
Chris Reichert: Quincy Douby has signed with the NBA D-League and been claimed off waivers by the Westchester Knicks, league source tells @The_Step_Back
Chris Reichert: Henry Walker has returned to the NBA D-League and will re-join the Sioux Falls Skyforce, source tells @The_Step_Back #NBADL
Chris Reichert: Perry Jones III has signed with the NBA D-League and will rejoin the Iowa Energy, league source tells @The_Step_Back #NBADL
June 14, 2021 | 12:15 pm EDT Update
But a high-level power broker within the league says the Mavericks recognize that there’s urgency to build a contending team around Doncic after losing in the first round in each of the past two seasons. The clock is ticking. Internally, there are concerns the front office’s dysfunction has hurt its ability to do so — and that poor relationships Doncic has with key members of the franchise, including Voulgaris, could impact his current desire to remain in Dallas long-term. The team’s most recent postseason defeat against the LA Clippers served as a direct indictment on the roster constructed around him. Can Mavericks management remedy that in time? Or, as some team sources fear, will they pay the price for the dysfunctional dynamics that exist in some corners of the organization?
It’s not that Doncic’s situation with the team is at a critical inflection point right now. Multiple team sources simply fear that it’s heading that direction. Those concerns mostly center on Cuban and the decisions he makes regarding who he trusts and imbues with power. Sometimes, it’s examples like Voulgaris, a sports gambler with no league experience being given near total control of the team’s roster. Other times, it’s the relationships he doesn’t sever: The Mavericks’ front office has come to be known around the league for its long-existing power structure that, Voulgaris aside, has barely changed.
In early February, during the second quarter of a home game against the Golden State Warriors, Luka Doncic carelessly turned over the ball and received feedback from a Dallas Mavericks employee he didn’t care for: Haralabos Voulgaris, a well-known sports gambler hired by team owner Mark Cuban in 2018. Voulgaris, sitting with an open laptop in his typical courtside seat across from the Mavericks’ bench, motioned downward with his hands, which Doncic specifically interpreted as Voulgaris telling him to calm down, multiple team and league sources tell The Athletic. Doncic snapped back, telling Voulgaris, according to one source’s recollection, “Don’t f—— tell me to calm down.” The same sources say Voulgaris later professed that his motion wasn’t solely directed at Doncic, but regardless of intent, it only worsened an already inflamed relationship between the two.
As one team source says, “Mark Cuban is the most powerful person in the organization, but whoever he’s listening to is second.” Cuban was won over by Voulgaris’ vision: an analytics-driven spread pick-and-roll offense with Doncic as the focal point which he has tried implementing in the past seasons.
Multiple league and team sources point to the 2020 draft as a particularly egregious example of Voulgaris’ power, an evening one source described as “embarrassing.” Most members of the scouting department joined the team’s war room remotely through Zoom and were surprised when Voulgaris, attending in person, didn’t consult them for either of the team’s first two selections (Josh Green and Tyrell Terry) despite disagreements they held with at least one of the players he picked. “What did (he) sell to Mark to make him believe (he) can do this?” asks one source with an intimate knowledge of the situation. “Nobody knows.”
For Porter, ProFitX projects a starting salary of $26.7 million, $2 million less than the max. The Nuggets could start Porter’s deal at $25 million in the first year and include an additional $3 million in bonuses, which would take Porter’s total compensation (if he hits the bonuses) right at the max. As a trade-off for giving Porter less than the max, the Nuggets could remove any prior injury exclusion or language that protects the team with regards to his back.
Like Porter, Gordon is set to enter the last season of his contract and could leave as a free agent next summer, a risk the Nuggets knew when they acquired him for Gary Harris, RJ Hampton and a future first-round pick. When the Magic structured the four-year, $76 million contract that Gordon signed in 2018, they did so with the salary declining in each year. As a result, the maximum extension that Gordon can sign for is four years, $88 million. The $19.7 million cap hit in year one is a 120% raise off his $16.4 million salary in 2021-22.