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.
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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.
Tim Bontemps: Adam Silver says the NBA is going to “move quickly” to a 30-team G-League after going to 27 teams next season.
Brian Lewis: #NBA commissioner Adam Silver says the league is very interested in having a G League team in Mexico City.
Scott Agness: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says if they did put a @nbagleague team in Mexico City, as @Marc Stein reported, it would ultimately be the 31st team — and would be operated in partnership with the league office.
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.
Marc Stein: In a story posting now on @NYTSports, league sources say that a @nbagleague franchise in Mexico City will be established as quickly as feasible and could possibly begin play as early as next season
The Wizards announced Friday night that their new G League affiliate — scheduled to debut for the 2018-19 season and play its home games in a new Southeast arena — will be called the Capital City Go-Go, paying homage to one of Washington’s beloved musical traditions.
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.”
The Shreveport City Council voted 6-0 on Tuesday against moving forward with the plan to invest $30 million into building an arena that would have served as the home of the New Orleans Pelicans’ G League team. The team won’t begin playing until the 2018-19 season.
Shreveport and Pensacola, Fla., were identified as the two finalists for the Pelicans’ G League team, but Shreveport’s potential addition of a new arena would have likely put it in prime position to land the team. Pensacola would reportedly utilize the 10,000-seat Bay Center for G League games.
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.
The Memphis Grizzlies today announced Grizzlies Director of Basketball Operations Chris Makris as General Manager of Memphis’ NBA Development League (NBA D-League) expansion team and named Glynn Cyprien Head Coach of the NBA D-League franchise, which will begin play in the 2017-18 season.
Jon Krawczynski: For those who wanted the Timberwolves to go retro with their new logo, this should resonate. pic.twitter.com/P46SohbjK1
Chris Reichert: Due to now having 26 teams, the NBA G League will create 3 divisions (up from 2) in each conference as well, per a league source #GLeague
Chris Reichert: The Los Angeles Clippers are set to announce their expansion G League affiliate on Monday #NBAGL
Sources told ESPN.com that the Clippers are closing in on an announcement that would establish Agua Caliente Casino Resort — one of the club’s most prominent sponsors at the NBA level — as the title sponsor of the club’s looming D-League affiliate in a unique naming arrangement.
The Clippers’ new affiliate, sources said, is scheduled to join the D-League next season and take the developmental circuit to 26 teams overall, advancing its larger quest to establish one affiliate for all 30 NBA teams as soon as possible.
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.
The Los Angeles Clippers are preparing to join the NBA Development League for the upcoming 2017-18 season, multiple league sources tell D-League Digest.
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: Lauscha said #Pelicans have considered adding a DLeague team since Benson purchased the franchise in 2012 but were finally able to do it now
Scott Kushner: Other cities in the region, Lauscha mentioned Jackson, Gulfport/Biloxi, Mobile and Pensacola are potential home for #Pelicans D League.
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 New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the organization intends to launch its own NBA Development League team with the intention of beginning play in the 2018-2019 season when the league will be known as the NBA Gatorade League (NBA G League).
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.
Chris Reichert: With announcement from the Bucks only the Trail Blazers, Nuggets, Pelicans, Clippers & Wizards remain as NBA teams w/o D-League affiliate
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 Milwaukee Bucks will own and operate an NBA Development League franchise in Oshkosh, starting in the 2017-’18 season, sources close to the team said Tuesday.
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.
Adam Johnson: The Memphis Grizzlies officially announce the purchase of a D-League affiliate which will play in Southaven, MS.
Rowan Kavner: Doc said he thinks a D-League team is in the future, but they haven’t committed to anything. Said location important, not sure on timeline
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.
Michael Wallace: Memphis Grizzlies bringing expansion NBA D-League team to Mid-South to start play next season. Story coming soon to grizzlies.com
Jerry Zgoda: Iowa Energy managing partner @Jed_Kaplan will remain on as partner & be active in team management, NBA release on sale says
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
Jerry Zgoda: Wolves reach agreement to own and operate Iowa Energy team in D League starting next season. Comprehensive story forthcoming
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 www.OrlandoMagic.com/Lakeland 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 http://www.OrlandoMagic.com/Lakeland.
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.
Chris Vivlamore: Grant Hill said D-League affiliate was a ‘top priority.’
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.”
The Nuggets are likely to get back into the D-League business next season, according to league sources. But nothing has been decided or is imminent. Right now, the Nuggets are not affiliated with a team but can assign players to a D-League team connected to another NBA team. It has been seven years since the Nuggets last had a D-League team all to themselves. Those were the Colorado 14ers, a team that relocated to Frisco, Texas, in 2009 and became the Texas Legends. The Legends are affiliated with the Dallas Mavericks and are coached by former Nugget Eduardo Najera.
Currently, 14 teams own and operate their D-League affiliates outright. Seven are in “hybrid” partnerships, which means the NBA team runs the basketball ops of the D-League team, but local ownership runs the business. It’s unclear which direction the Nuggets would go. The Nuggets are among a group that includes Milwaukee, Atlanta, Washington and the L.A. Clippers that all could have singly affiliated D-League teams in the next few years.
The Orlando Magic likely will select a site for their Florida-based NBA Development League affiliate within the next 30 days, Magic CEO Alex Martins told the Orlando Sentinel. Kissimmee’s Silver Spurs Arena and The Lakeland Center are the two finalists the Magic are considering. “We’re still in final discussions with both, and both have been asked to address some specific issues that we need answers for and direction on,” Martins said. “I believe that within the next 30 days we’ll have a decision made.”
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But D’Antoni dismissed the criticism as “noise,” wondering whether those whining about isos had watched the top-seeded Rockets all season. “We are who we are, and we had to be who we are,” D’Antoni said after the Rockets’ victory in Game 2, in which Houston ran 46 isos. “We just did it better, longer. Guys believe it, and we’re not going to change anything up. That would be silly on my part to panic. ... “We can beat anybody anywhere at any time playing the way we play. Some people might not like it, you know? Hey, sorry. You know, it might not look good to some people. But it’s effective. It’s efficient.”
The most 3s the Suns attempted during D’Antoni’s tenure was 25.6 per game in 2005-06, an unheard of number at the time. That would have ranked 25th in the NBA this season, when D’Antoni’s Rockets shot 42.3 3s per night, breaking the league record they set last season. “If we’d shoot 30-something 3s back then, it was like, ‘Oh my gosh!'” D’Antoni said. “That was like stepping out of the box back then. But that was like putting our toes in the water. I should have dove in, and I really regret that.”
As the deadline approaches for college basketball players entered in the NBA Draft to decide whether to turn pro or remain in college, Kentucky’s Wenyen Gabriel is a busy man. The sophomore from Sudan was not invited to last week’s pre-draft Combine in Chicago like five of his UK teammates, but that doesn’t mean Gabriel hasn’t been seen by NBA teams. During a pre-draft workout at Sacramento’s facility on Monday, Gabriel said the Kings were his fifth NBA visit. The 6-foot-9 forward said he previously stopped in Oklahoma City, Utah, Milwaukee and Brooklyn.
The Hawks have reached an agreement with Melvin Hunt to join head coach Lloyd Pierce’s staff as an assistant, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The hiring is expected to become official later Tuesday. Hunt will be the first assistant coach to be hired for Pierce’s staff since he was named Hawks head coach on May 11.
You’ve said you’d like to own an NBA team. Kevin Durant: I wish I had the money. It’s crazy. Obviously, the financial part is definitely going to be the hardest part. I’ve been part of two great organizations. I know the game inside and out and I know the players. And I feel like these NBA franchises just change lives. They change cities. I would love to do that. All the aspects of owning a team, I would love to be involved in — from the financial and marketing side to the team-building to the camaraderie to the coaching.
Clearly, Durant has been dropping dimes of the literal kind. So we sat down with him to discuss his presence in Silicon Valley, his growing empire and whether his ultimate investment might come in the form of an owner’s suite. ESPN: How much smarter of a businessman are you than you were, say, two years ago? Kevin Durant: I have mentors like Ron Conway [early-stage Google and PayPal investor] and Ben Horowitz [co-founder of Silicon Valley venture capital fund Andreessen Horowitz] and good friendships with guys like Chris Lyons [chief of staff for Andreessen Horowitz]. I mean, you just go to dinner with these guys, hang out with them. You start to meet these types of people at games. It’s a little easier being here than saying, “Let’s meet up when I come in from Oklahoma.”