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Adam Zagoria: Jaden Hardy has officially signed with G League Ignite. “I would like to thank God for blessing me. I would like to thank my family and friends for their love and support. I am so excited and fired up that I am turning pro and playing for the NBA G League Ignite.” pic.twitter.com/EPbpnyvPdT
NBA Academy graduate Princepal Singh, a 6-10 forward from Punjab, India, has signed to play in the NBA G League next season, it was announced today by NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim. Singh, who will train and compete alongside the new G League team featuring elite youth prospects, is the first NBA Academy graduate to sign with the NBA G League and first NBA Academy India graduate to sign a professional contract.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer Princepal the opportunity to begin his professional basketball journey in the NBA G League,” said Abdur-Rahim. “We’ve long hoped that our development pathway for elite high school players would include roster spots for emerging international talent, including players who have participated in the NBA Academy program, and we’re excited to have Princepal forge this new path and develop his skills in our league.”
Shams Charania: No. 1 2021 prospect Jonathan Kuminga ( @JonathanKuming6 ) has reclassified to the 2020 high school class and will sign in the NBA G League pro pathway program, he tells @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium Top prospect Jonathan Kuminga’s G League deal is expected to be in the $500,000 range, sources tell
At long last, Jonathan Kuminga will announce his future plans. The 6-foot-8 native of the Democratic Republic of Congo will announce his next step on July 16 at 2 p.m., he announced on Twitter.
Kuminga, who did his work to reclassify to the Class of 2020 from 2021, recently listed Auburn, Duke, Kentucky, Texas Tech and the G League as his options. Multiple sources have said he is likely to sign with the G League for as much as $500,0000. He is the projected No. 4 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, per ESPN.com.
Jonathan Kuminga announced Friday that he is considering the NBA G League along with four schools for his next stop in the basketball world. The 6-foot-8 Kuminga, who played last year at The Patrick School in Hillside, N.J., and with the NY Rens on the Nike EYBL circuit, announced that he is considering Auburn, Duke, Kentucky and Texas Tech, along with the NBA G League path for the 2020-21 season.
A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kuminga is the No. 1 player in the 2021 ESPN 60 and also the projected No. 4 pick in the 2021 Draft, per ESPN.
Memphis basketball coach Penny Hardaway, no stranger to the nuances and hurdles of the recruiting trail, says it will only get tougher with the entry of the G League. Hardaway, speaking to ESPN’s The Jump in an interview aired Thursday, said it came as an unpleasant surprise when the NBA began allowing high school players to sign with a G League pathway program. “It’s going to have a huge impact, because it’s just a recruiting war right now when it comes to that,” Hardaway said. “But I think it’s going to affect us because we’re recruiting a bunch of five-stars.”
NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim today announced that Kai Sotto, a top prospect from the Philippines, has signed to play in the NBA G League next season. Sotto, ranked by ESPN as the No. 4 player in Georgia in the Class of 2020, spent this past season at Atlanta-based sports development organization The Skill Factory.
Sotto joins consensus five-star high school recruits Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd and Daishen Nix in signing to play in the NBA G League for the 2020-21 season. Details of the new team Sotto, Green, Todd and Nix will play for, which will be unaffiliated with any existing NBA G League franchise or NBA team, are forthcoming.
Shams Charania: Kai Sotto — a 7-foot-2 center from the Philippines — has decided to skip college and will be the first international draft prospect to sign a deal in the NBA G League pro program, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Memphis’ top target Jalen Green decided to go the NBA’s G-League path. Two other 5-star players decommited from their schools to play a year in the G-League instead. Some of the best young talent has been taken away from the college game. “Taking guys out of their commitments and they’ve already signed and continuing talking to their parents, it’s almost like tampering,” Memphis basketball head coach Penny Hardaway said. “I don’t agree with that.”
“I didn’t think that the G-League was built, and I could be wrong, to go and recruit kids who want to go to college, out of going to college,” Hardaway expressed. “I thought they were going to be the organization that was going to be if you want to go overseas or you absolutely didn’t want to play college, 100% that this would be the best situation for you before you go into the NBA.”
John Calipari still thinks the G League path for elite college basketball recruits is a bad idea, even as the NBA’s developmental league increases the value of the contracts offered to top prospects.
“My issue with the G League trying to entice players by giving them more money, is not the kids that you’re getting,” Calipari said Monday during his weekly “Coffee with Cal” web show featuring guest Charles Barkley. “It’s the thousands of ninth and 10th graders that think that’s how they’re going to make it, when you and I know it’s going to be 2%. We’re not talking 50. It will be thousands and thousands and thousands.”
Part of the G League’s motivation to increase the value of these contracts is to keep players like R.J. Hampton from going to Australia in the future. “They’re talking about we don’t want them to go to Australia, New Zealand,” Calipari said. “They’re not talking that many kids. ‘We don’t want to have to go travel.’ Well, you’re going to have to travel to see these kids anyway… I want to see in the next four or five years, the kids that chose to go to college, how they did. The money you’re going to get (from the G League) is negligible compared to what you will get if you really are good and get to your second (NBA) contract.”
Shams Charania: Five-star prospect Daishen Nix has decommitted from UCLA and plans to sign in the NBA G League, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
After signing high school stars Jalen Green and Isaiah Todd to six-figure contracts that made headlines nationally, NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim is still targeting more young players to join the new pathway. The G League missed out on Texas power forward Greg Brown, who on Friday announced his plan to play for the University of Texas instead of accepting a $300,000 deal in the G League. “Yeah, I think there’s options out there to add more and they don’t have to be high school guys, they can be young international guys,” Abdur-Rahim, the No. 3 pick in the 1996 NBA Draft, said in a phone interview. “We’ve had conversations there but there is opportunity for more of the high school guys, more young guys, to be a part of the program this year. If not, with Jalen and Isaiah, we think it’s totally fine.”
The 2020 Texas Mr. Basketball also had an offer paying over $300,000 offer from the budding G-League select program as of Wednesday, but Brown said that ultimately it was not a good fit for either side.
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According to a former Western Conference executive, the Wizards highly value Caldwell-Pope but may be open to either Kuzma, Harrell or both rerouted to another team. Would that team be Sacramento?
Schroder will be competing with several other free agents at the same position, including Kyle Lowry, Lonzo Ball, Mike Conley, Spencer Dinwiddie and Paul (if he opts out of his final year). “He may get squeezed,” a Western Conference executive told Bleacher Report.
Here’s what Wojnarowski reported on ESPN’s morning show ‘Get Up’: “Philadelphia is still asking for a lot. Teams are not willing to be strip-mined to trade for Ben Simmons. They’re going to continue to try and find a way, to see if there’s a deal here as free agency starts. You kind of get another cycle of deal-making here. But he’s four years left on his deal, they’re not going to just give him away in Philly. Whatever they get back for him, they’ve got to believe it continues to make them a championship contender. But they’d like to get a deal done before training camp.”
Eric Pincus: I had heard Caruso was a target of the Pacers, Hawks and Cavs – but the Pacers, I think, keep TJ (TBD) – and the Hawks just got Wright and the Cavs Rubio – so maybe the market for AC has shifted. If I’m Lakers, I don’t think twice about keeping him
Per NBA sources, the Lakers went into the offseason with a clear Plan A: unrealistic hopes of landing a Damian Lillard or Bradley Beal. Plan B was Chris Paul (but then the Phoenix Suns advanced to the NBA Finals) and Westbrook. Hield was always Plan C.
That pushed Hield to the forefront. But even as the possibility of a deal built around Kyle Kuzma and Harrell began to form, the Lakers kept the door open to a Westbrook deal. Westbrook asserted his voice into the conversation, and per an NBA source, the Wizards pivoted. Just like that, the pieces the Kings liked for Hield were no longer available.
De’Aaron Fox: He’s not apart of my team. He doesn’t work for me. He’s a parent and a fan talking just like y’all. So take whatever they say as fans having conversations like y’all do everyday.