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.
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.
June 1, 2023 | 5:22 am EDT Update
Bob Myers to ESPN now?
ESPN has expressed an interest in hiring Bob Myers, the Golden State Warriors executive who stepped down as president and general manager on Tuesday. The talks are very early on, sources told Front Office Sports. The two-time executive of the year is likely to be barraged by offers from other NBA franchises.
Windhorst: Miami makes a lot of sense if Damian Lillard becomes available
However, if the 32-year-old were to become available, NBA insider Brian Windhorst thinks the Miami Heat would make a lot of sense as a potential landing spot. “It feels strange to me to talk about a team in the Finals, like the Miami Heat, but the Miami Heat make a lot of sense if Dame were to become available,” he said. “They have a number of future first-round picks they can trade. They have a number of interesting young players. It would be a really fascinating opportunity if he were to come to market.”
Michael Malone compared Nikola Jokic to Tim Duncan
“He’s not trying to be something he’s not. He’s not trying to create a narrative other than ‘I’m Nikola Jokic, I play for the Denver Nuggets, I’m gonna do everything I can to help my team win and I’m gonna do it with class, professionalism and I’m never gonna make it about me. That’s the rarity,” Malone said of Jokic. “I often make the comparison, I never coached Tim Duncan, but just from coaching against him and hearing stories about those that have been around him, Tim Duncan was a selfless superstar. I look at Nikola Jokic in the same vein. I think Nikola Jokic is truly selfless superstar, where it’s not about him. He’s not looking for people to ‘Look at me, tell me how great I am’. He’s almost embarrassed by the attention. He’s just wants to be one of the guys in the locker room, have fun, work hard and win.”
Malika Andrews: Why didn’t Jimmy Butler want to hold the Eastern Conference Finals trophy? “I play for Mr. O’Brien… You can take the All-Stars… You can take the All-NBA. All defensive team, don’t care. I really only want to win a championship.” pic.twitter.com/wu6fOERIOW
Clutch Points: “Out of everybody that I’ve guarded, that we’ve guarded in the playoffs, Jimmy could arguably be the most complete player.” Aaron Gordon speaks highly of Jimmy Butler 😮 Thoughts? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/dKoD3mITg6
Clutch Points: “People used to compare me to [Usher] a lot… I look like him!” Paul George says that people used to compare him to Usher when he was younger and then breaks out in song 😂 Thoughts? 🤔 (via @PodcastPShow) pic.twitter.com/0aXkHcygoC
Reporter: “How’s your ankle? You injured it against the Knicks and tweaked it in Game 7. Are you 100% or is that a look that tells me you’re gonna lie right now?” Jimmy Butler: “No, I’m not gonna lie. I’m gonna say that nobody cares. You don’t either. I’m still expected to do my job at a high level.”
The first surgery occurred during his freshman year at Missouri in 2017, in which he played just 53 minutes in three games; the second occurred before the start of his rookie year with the Denver Nuggets in 2018, causing him to miss the entire season. He had barely played basketball for two years. Now he was facing a prolonged absence again. The game he so brilliantly dominated felt like it had been stolen from him, and all he could do was helplessly wonder why. “Why?” he asked, lying on that bed a year and a half ago. “Why is this happening to me again?”