Los Angeles D. - Erie Bay H. 94-97 Tirrell Baines (6'6''-F-86, college: Marshall) and Henry Sims (6'10''-C-90, college: Georgetown) scored 20 points apiece as the Erie BayHawks held on for a 97-94 victory over the Los Angeles D-Fenders in an NBA Development League game late Monday night. Erie (12-9) completed a four-game road trip with a 2-2 record. The BayHawks led by as many as 19 points in the third quarter, but the D-Fenders eventually trimmed the lead to one point in the final quarter. However, Baines scored 12 points in the fourth quarter to help Erie pull out the win. Baines shot 10-for-12 from the field in the game and finished with seven rebounds. Sims made 9-of-13 field-goal attempts. Demetri McCamey scored 18 points, D.J. Kennedy had 14 points and Mike Singletary added 10 for the BayHawks. Courtney Fortson (5'11''-PG-88, college: Arkansas) and Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) scored 23 and 22 points, respectively, for the D-Fenders (7-13). Zach Andrews finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds. The BayHawks play the first of three consecutive home games Friday against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Courtesy of: goerie.com
Santa Cruz W. - Bakersfield J. 89-99 The Santa Cruz Warriors' 99-89 loss to the Bakersfield Jam on Monday night was a tough one in more ways than one. Three, in fact. Not only did the Warriors lose to the team they were tied with for first place in the NBA D-League's Western Division, they also suffered their first defeat of the season at Kaiser Permanente Arena. And they did both these things right before hitting the road for two weeks. "It doesn't feel good, but we've got to regroup," Warriors coach Nate Bjorkgren said. The Warriors entered the contest having won all eight of their previous games in their new Santa Cruz arena. Point guard Stefhon Hannah (6'1''-PG-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Missouri) led Santa Cruz (14-8) with 24 points, including four 3-pointers, seven assists and 10 rebounds in front of a Martin Luther King Day crowd of 2,200. Santa Cruz's Taylor Griffin (6'8''-F-86, college: Oklahoma), the older brother of Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin, had 16 points and nine rebounds. Cameron Jones added 15 points. Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) led Bakersfield with 21 points as the Jam (15-7) took sole possession of first place in the west. The Warriors open their two-week road trip Friday against the Maine Red Claws (16-8), who lead the Eastern Division with the NBDL's best record. The road trip along with the All-Star break means Santa Cruz won't play at home again until Feb. 20 against the Los Angeles D-Fenders. Despite 13 first-half turnovers and the fact that they couldn't finish in the paint and were somewhat bullied by Bakersfield forwards Renaldo Major and Adam Koch, the Warriors traded the lead 10 times with the Jam before halftime and went into the locker room trailing just 47-45. That was mostly because Hannah caught a spark in the second quarter, and that seemed to do the same for his teammates. Hannah scored 18 first-half points, including three second-quarter 3-pointers. "We need to finish better," Bjorkgren said. "By us not finishing, it allowed them to get off to the races." Mickell Gladness' two dunks at the start of the third quarter gave Santa Cruz a 49-47 lead, but before the quarter was over Bakersfield would lead by as much as 74-54. "We need to keep playing hard the whole time," Hannah said. "It's like it takes something for us to play hard." Courtesy of: santacruzsentinel.com
Rio Grande VV - Texas L. 120-118 The Rio Grande Valley Vipers looked to be in control after overcoming an early 19-point deficit and taking a 13-point lead midway through the fourth quarter. But their offense sputtered down the stretch and with the time tied, Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88, college: Charleston) bailed out the Vipers with a game-winning layup with 3.8 seconds remaining that lifted them over the Texas Legends 120-118 Monday at State Farm Arena. The Vipers won for the fifth-straight time and improved to 7-1 at home. The Vipers have won seven in a row at home. The Legends lost for the sixth-straight time. The Vipers (13-8) kept a slight edge over Sioux Falls (13-10), Austin (12-10) and the Legends (11-11) in the NBA Development League Central Division standings. The Vipers and Legends will meet again at 7 p.m. Wednesday at State Farm Arena. The Vipers stayed in first place thanks to some clutch play by Goudelock, who finished 28 points and 10 rebounds. With the game tied at 118, the Vipers had the ball after a Legends' turnover. Goudelock took the ball and surfed around the baseline underneath the rim and pump faked once. Then in mid-air he switched the ball to the other hand and gently nestled the ball off the backboard for the game-winner. 'Big turnaround, (we're) just glad we hung in there,' Vipers coach Nick Nurse said. ' (Goudelock) he's always a threat to shoot and score but also opens up a lot of things for other people because they have to put a lot of attention on him. We were fortunate. We've had a few like these go against us; it's about time one goes our way.' The Vipers got off to a slow start before the Vipers settled into the flow of things. They trailed 27-8 halfway through the first quarter. But the Vipers fought back and cut the lead down to three by halftime. The Vipers went back and forth with the Legends in the third, until Vernon Macklin (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) scored 16 of his 20 points in the third outscoring the Legends 36-27 in that quarter. 'We lost Terrence Jones to injury late in the first half, so Vernon had to start and play major minutes and contributed well,' Nurse said. Jones, on assignment from the Houston Rockets, had scored 27 points in each of the last two games. Leading comfortably 108-95 with just less than seven minutes to play, it seemed the Vipers were in control. But the Legends, led by Sean Singletary (6'0''-PG-85, college: Virginia) (38 points), stormed out on a 23-2 run with 2:49 to close the gap and lead it 118-110. But the Legends offense went cold after. Vernon Lewis missed a pair of free throws and Vernon Macklin added a tip in to tie the game at 118, before Goudelock made the game-winning shot. Vernon Macklin had 20 points. Terrel Harris 18 points and Chris Johnson 14 points. Maalik Wayns, acquired Monday by the Vipers, had 13 points. The Vipers made room for Wayns by deactivating Kyle Fogg. Courtesy of: themonitor.com
Canton C. - Ft.Wayne MA 78-69 The Canton Charge can take one positive away from Monday's performance at Memorial Civic Center. It's called winning ugly. Real ugly. Two tired basketball teams struggled through four quarters on a wintry night, and it was the Charge holding off Fort Wayne for a 78-69 win in front of 2,291 fans who should have covered their eyes. 'There's going to be nights like this,' said Charge forward JaJuan Johnson (6'10''-F-89, college: Purdue), who totaled 16 points and five rebounds in his best performance since coming to Canton in late December. 'The biggest thing is we hung in there defensively. Our team really played hard. We stuck together even though buckets weren't falling.' The Charge, the top defensive team in the D-League, didn't do anything to hurt their status in that regard. Fort Wayne's points and field goal percentage (31.0) are franchise defensive records for the Charge, who got the best of Luke Harangody in his return to Canton after he spent part of last year here on assignment from the Cavaliers. 'Anytime you shoot 36.8 percent as a team and you win, you have to feel good,' said Charge head coach Alex Jensen, whose own team avoided its season low in points by only three. Each team played for the third time in four nights. The difference was Fort Wayne played Friday and Saturday on the West Coast before traveling to Canton. Monday was the seventh straight road game for the Mad Ants (11-13) overall. 'We're not going to use that as an excuse. We were tired, they were tired,' Fort Wayne head coach Duane Ticknor said. 'We just couldn't make open shots.' The Mad Ants shot 4-of-19 (21.1 percent) from 3-point range. They committed 19 turnovers and had five assists (tying a season low by a Charge opponent). They managed only 13 second-quarter points, the lowest single-quarter output by a Charge opponent this season, as Canton led 45-35 at the break. Yet they still were within striking distance late in the fourth quarter. 'I was very, very proud of the way our team responded in the second half,' Ticknor said. 'We could have folded over and got beat by 25-30 points.' Assigned to the Charge (15-10) earlier in the day, Cavaliers forward Kevin Jones (6'8''-F-89, college: W.Virginia) totaled 25 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Kyle Gibson (6'5''-G-87, college: Louisiana Tech) had 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Both played 40 minutes and hit big shots in the fourth quarter. Fort Wayne cut its deficit to three points on two separate occasions in the fourth. The first time, Gibson answered with a tough fadeaway jumper in the lane. Back-to-back buckets from Anthony Richardson, who led the team with 17 points, had the Mad Ants down 72-69 with 2:11 left. Again the Charge countered, with Gibson finding Jones for a layup with 1:55 left. The Mad Ants went scoreless the rest of the way, missing their final six shots. Gibson's performance was especially gutsy, since he played point while Jorge Gutierrez sat much of the fourth with an injury. 'We asked a lot of him,' Jensen said of Gibson. Johnson, who came to Canton from Fort Wayne in the Harangody deal, stole a pass from Anthony Harris late in the game to help seal the Charge win - their second straight and third in the last four games. 'I was excited to play against Fort Wayne,' Johnson said. 'A lot of familiar faces, and obviously, you want to play good.' Harangody looked tired and frustrated much of the night. He shot 4-for-14 from the floor, finishing with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Courtesy of: cantonrep.com
Maine RC - Springfield A. 106-92 Springfield Armor coach Bob MacKinnon paced the sideline, applauding good plays and vocalizing support after failed ones. He was a one-man cheerleader, trying to ignite a spark in his team. But the Armor never got motoring Monday afternoon at the Portland Expo. The Maine Red Claws took the lead for good only three minutes in, and ran away with a 106-92 victory before 2,368. The Red Claws (16-8) won their sixth straight and continue to lead the NBA Development League's East Division. Springfield (6-15) remains in last place in the East. The Armor are 1-4 in their last five games, three of the defeats coming to Maine. 'They have a very good team, very good personnel,' MacKinnon said. Indeed, Maine featured one of its best lineups all season, with the recent returns of 6-foot-8 forwards Chris Wright (concussion) and DaJuan Summers (strained quadriceps muscle). Summers led all scorers with 23 points. Center Willie Reed (6'9''-F-90, college: St.Louis) paced Springfield with 22 points. James Mays (6'9''-F-86, college: Clemson) recorded a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Point guard Ben Uzoh (6'3''-PG-88, college: Tulsa) added 17 points and eight assists while forward Carleton Scott scored 12. Uzoh hit a jumper with 4:17 left in the first half to trim the deficit to 43-37, but the Red Claws finished the half with a 12-4 run to lead 56-41 at the break. And it just kept going that way. Springfield showed signs of life before Maine bolted for bigger leads. 'We were staying with them, but in the second half, they had a lot of runs and we couldn't come back,' Mays said. The same can be said for the Armor's season - they just can't sustain a run. 'We just have to put all the little things together,' Mays said. 'Getting loose balls, get back on defense, stop fast-break points. Hopefully we'll put it together and get on a little win streak.' Springfield shot only 37 percent to Maine's 46. The Armor are usually strong on the offensive boards, but they managed only 11, matching the Red Claws' total. 'They were very physical with us and we didn't answer that physicality and finish plays,' MacKinnon said. 'We didn't finish strong. We didn't finish tough. It is what it is.' Springfield, already 0-4 against Maine, needs to find a solution to the Red Claws quickly. The two teams meet five more times, including Thursday at the MassMutual Center and Sunday back in Portland. Maine had six players in double figures. The Red Claws lost point guard Shelvin Mack to a 10-day contract with the Philadelphia 76ers. Newly signed point guard Andre Barrett, a veteran of the NBA and the D-League, stepped in and recorded 10 points and 12 assists. Besides Springfield's two games with Maine this week, it hosts Santa Cruz on Saturday night. Courtesy of: masslive.com
Expansion Draft scheduled for late August - 6 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 - 9 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
Coach Noel Gillespie agreed terms with Greensboro Swarm - 10 days ago
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Greensboro Swarm hired coach Noel Gillespie from Denver Nuggets in the NBA. The specialist worked as assistant coach with the Nuggets. Gillespie served as part-time advance scout under Todd Quinter for two seasons prior to being named the team's advance scout in 2008. Gillespie has served as an assistant coach for the Suns' Las Vegas Summer League squad from 2006-2010. He began his career as the video coordinator for the Suns and the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury. By Eurobasket Data Center Che... [read more]
Greensboro Swarm hired coach Noel Gillespie from Denver Nuggets in the NBA. The specialist worked as assistant coach with the Nuggets. Gillespie served as part-time advance scout under Todd Quinter for two seasons prior to being named the team's advance scout in 2008. Gillespie has served as an assistant coach for the Suns' Las Vegas Summer League squad from 2006-2010. He began his career as the video coordinator for the Suns and the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury.
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