Possibility of NBA lockout won't stop D-League season - Jun 19, 2011
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The NBA's collective bargaining agreement expires June 30, but that Thursday will be just another day in the D-League.
While a potential NBA lockout looms, the D-League is on course to play its 2011-12 season regardless of what happens in negotiations between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association.
'We're full speed ahead in our plans for next season,' D-League president Dan Reed said. 'It's business as usual for us. ... We're in the midst of developing our schedule right now. We'll be announcing affiliations in a few weeks. This is typically a busy time, and nothing has changed.'
The D-League falls under the NBA umbrella, but Reed called it 'a separate entity.'
'Our decision isn't impacted one way or another,' Reed said.
The threat of an NBA lockout and the possibility there won't be a 2011-12 season might leave the D-League a less attractive option for prospects. The D-League sells its players the message that it is a path to the NBA, making hotel living and playing for less than $30,000 a year tolerable.
Reed said he isn't concerned a possible lockout could weaken the talent level of the D-League, considering players might choose to go overseas for more money and the certainty of playing time.
'Our track record speaks for itself in our ability to help our players have successful professional basketball careers,' he said. 'We're the most heavily scouted league in the world. We don't expect that to change, and we've proven over our 10 seasons to be a high level of basketball and provide outstanding career opportunities for our players.'
When the current CBA was approved July 30, 2005, one result was that NBA teams gained the ability to send down first-year or second-year players to their D-League affiliates as many as three times per season.
Reed isn't sure what could come out of the current negotiations that would affect the D-League, but he doesn't foresee the league immediately expanding beyond its existing 17 teams.
The Los Angeles D-Fenders will resume play in 2011-12 after not playing this past season.
'We've been very focused on ensuring our teams are successful,' Reed said. 'Ensuring NBA teams are utilizing our system, increasing our number of call-up assignments, our businesses, and we've been focused on that in earnest the past two seasons.'
Reed said he does expect further expansion 'down the road,' though.
'It's not something we're actively pursuing now because we're pleased with the size of our league now,' he said.
Reed does see a trend developing with NBA teams establishing one-on-one affiliations with D-League teams.
The Erie BayHawks became the third D-League team to establish a hybrid partnership with an NBA team in their three-year deal with the New York Knicks. The BayHawks will run the business side, the Knicks the basketball side.
There are seven total one- on-one affiliate relationships in the league.
'It's a great opportunity for our franchise to have one of the most famous basketball teams in the world to have to make a commitment to us to form a partnership,' BayHawks coach Jay Larranaga said.
Reed said the D-League is working with the Cleveland Cavaliers to help them find a way to have a one-on-one affiliate partnership with a D-League team. Recent reports have suggested the Cavs will buy the New Mexico Thunderbirds and move them to Youngstown, Ohio.
'We're working with them on a handful of options to allow them to get more deeply involved in the NBA Development League,' Reed said.
Texas D-League Management LLC bought the Colorado 14ers in 2009 and moved them to Frisco, Texas, where they became the expansion Texas Legends.
'We are at a really exciting point of our league,' Reed said. 'The biggest driver has been our success to date. Last year, there were 104 NBA Development League alumni on NBA team rosters. That's over 20 percent of the NBA. That's a very significant number and that catches people's attention.'
Going into the 2010-11 season, the D-League made rule changes that included international goaltending guidelines and reducing the overtime period to three minutes from five minutes.
Reed said those changes were viewed as positive.
'Folks associated with the league and fans generally liked the shorter overtime,' Reed said. 'It kept the intensity of the game throughout.'
As for the international goaltending, Reed said the players seemed to adapt to it as the season progressed.
'There were many exciting plays at the rim this year as a result of that rule,' Reed said.
Hornets hire Noel Gillespie as Greensboro Swarm's first head coach - 2 days ago
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Noel Gillespie already had a job a lot of guys working their tails off in the NBA Development League desperately want. Gillespie worked 14 seasons in the NBA, the last three as an advance scout and assistant coach with the Denver Nuggets. He gave it up to go to the D-League. Gillespie has been hired as the first head coach of the Greensboro Swarm, the Charlotte Hornets new minor-league affiliate that will play its first games in the 2016-17 D-League season. 'I know some people in the NBA... [read more]
Noel Gillespie already had a job a lot of guys working their tails off in the NBA Development League desperately want. Gillespie worked 14 seasons in the NBA, the last three as an advance scout and assistant coach with the Denver Nuggets. He gave it up to go to the D-League. Gillespie has been hired as the first head coach of the Greensboro Swarm, the Charlotte Hornets new minor-league affiliate that will play its first games in the 2016-17 D-League season. 'I know some people in the NBA were surprised when I took the job,' Gillespie said Monday. 'Usually you see coaches, scouts and players in the D-League trying to get to the NBA. I'm in a unique position. I was in the NBA, and I loved what I did in the NBA as an assistant coach and scout. 'But the D-League develops coaches, too. Now this gives me the opportunity to draw plays, do the timeouts, do the huddles, organize a team. That's invaluable experience.' It's an experience that begins with a 1,600-mile drive. Gillespie and his wife, Sherry, left Denver on Sunday, stopping in Kansas City, Mo., for the night. He spoke by telephone Monday from a fuel stop in Nashville, Tenn. 'There's a ton of things that appeal to me, reasons to take to the job,' Gillespie said. 'Probably the biggest is it's a chance to create something from the ground up. It's brand new, and I can work with the Hornets front office and scouts to build a team from players in the expansion draft and in the D-League draft. Plus I'll get to work with any young guys with the Hornets, guys who have room to improve or have certain skill sets they need to work on. The key to the D-League is obviously development. That's priority No. 1.' Gillespie knows something about development. He's a self-made coach, a guy who never played college or pro basketball. He grew up in Milwaukee and graduated from NCAA Division III powerhouse Wisconsin-Whitewater, landing an internship with the Indiana Pacers. 'I had a unique experience in college because Whitewater offered a coaching minor as part of the curriculum,' Gillespie said. ' I've always wanted to coach. I grew up in Wisconsin as a sports fan, and at a young age I admired coaches. I wanted to be like Vince Lombardi. In baseball, I wanted to be like Davey Johnson and in basketball it was Pat Riley . I was willing to learn, do my homework and get involved.' Gillespie took a job as a graduate assistant at Florida State, serving on Leonard Hamilton's first coaching staff in 2002-03. That got him his first look at the Greensboro Coliseum, which hosted the ACC Tournament. 'Everyone knows how passionate people in North Carolina are about basketball,' Gillespie said. 'I've seen it. The Hornets have a great home-court advantage, and I think the Swarm will have that, too.' With the Nuggets, Gillespie's role was scouting and player development. He worked with Denver's NBA Summer League team, was a head coach at the NBA draft combine and broke down game film to help players study their strengths and weaknesses. The Swarm will run the same offensive and defensive schemes implemented by Hornets coach Steve Clifford . They're schemes Gillespie scouted with the Nuggets. 'The thing that will be key for me is being with the Hornets all throughout September and October, through training camp and the coaches meetings,' Gillespie said. 'I'll be on the floor with them. That will be the best opportunity for me, to learn it up close and hear it from coach Clifford's mouth. 'I'll learn the playbook, the spacing, the teaching points, all the drill work. I'll see that all firsthand. I'll be involved in it.' And then, for the first time, he'll call the shots. Courtesy of: greenboro.com
Expansion Draft scheduled for late August - 10 days ago
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Back in April, we made some predictions about what this year's D-League expansion draft might look like with three new teams in the mix (Windy City Bulls, Greensboro Swarm, Long Island Nets) for the 2016-17 season. The picture got a little bit clearer recently, as the expansion draft is scheduled for August 24, league sources tell D-League Digest. This marks the first time since 2006 the D-League has had three or more teams take part in a single expansion draft. With a number of teams joi... [read more]
Back in April, we made some predictions about what this year's D-League expansion draft might look like with three new teams in the mix (Windy City Bulls, Greensboro Swarm, Long Island Nets) for the 2016-17 season. The picture got a little bit clearer recently, as the expansion draft is scheduled for August 24, league sources tell D-League Digest. This marks the first time since 2006 the D-League has had three or more teams take part in a single expansion draft. With a number of teams joining at once, the league has made a few modifications to the expansion process. According to multiple sources, the draft will be serpentine in form (draft order will reverse each round), with teams making 12 selections each. This number is down from previous seasons when new teams would select 16 players. The draft order has yet to be determined. Existing D-League teams will only be able to protect 10 players apiece. This number is also down from previous years when teams could protect up to 12 players. The order of selections in the first round will be inverted for the D-League Draft scheduled to take place in the fall. For example, if the order for the first round of the expansion draft is Windy City, Greensboro and Long Island, then Long Island would select first among the expansion teams at the D-League Draft. As usual, expansion teams will be slotted in between non-playoff and playoff teams. Those selections will be the 12th, 13th, and 14th selections overall. When a player misses two consecutive D-League seasons, his player rights are no longer held by the last team they've played for. When a player is selected in the expansion draft however, the expansion team holds that player's rights for at least two seasons, regardless if they've missed a season already. Though the expansion draft is the first step to establishing a roster for these new teams, don't expect these pending selections to hit the court anytime soon. In last year's expansion draft, out of the 16 players selected by the Raptors 905, only one suited up for them (Scott Suggs (6'6''-F/G-89, college: Washington)). What's next after the expansion draft? Many teams will begin scheduling open tryouts shortly thereafter as teams begin the process of establishing and building their rosters in preparation of the regular season tipping off in November once again. Courtesy of: dleaguedigest.com
D-League Increases Salaries For 16-17 Season - 13 days ago
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For the past couple seasons the salary structure in place for the D-League has consisted of tiers. There were three tiers of salaries: $13,000 (C), $19,000 (B) and $25,500 (A) and each team had a salary cap of $173,000 on top of that. For the 16-17 D-League season, there will only be two tiers for salaries as the 'C has been eliminated. The new salary levels will be $19,500 (B-Level) and $26,000 (A-Level) and the salary cap will rise to $209,000 [read more]
For the past couple seasons the salary structure in place for the D-League has consisted of tiers. There were three tiers of salaries: $13,000 (C), $19,000 (B) and $25,500 (A) and each team had a salary cap of $173,000 on top of that. For the 16-17 D-League season, there will only be two tiers for salaries as the 'C' has been eliminated. The new salary levels will be $19,500 (B-Level) and $26,000 (A-Level) and the salary cap will rise to $209,000. Adam Silver and D-League commissioner Malcolm Turner have been working in conjunction to build the league to 30 teams and when that point comes, there is a belief that salaries could be tripled to remain competitive. D-League call ups made nearly $5 million in salary last season so the chance for a payoff is present. Courtesy of: realgm.com
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