Raptors 905 jerseys revealed

Raptors 905, the NBA Development League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors, unveiled Wednesday the club’s home and away uniforms for its inaugural season. Both uniforms, revealed in partnership with BMO Bank of Montreal, feature the ‘905’ moniker prominently across the chest of the jerseys in tribute to the Greater Toronto Area.

“With our uniform unveiling, it’s a sign that we’re getting closer to making history as the first Canadian team in the NBA D-League,” said Raptors 905 General Manager Dan Tolzman. “Our team is excited to bring a high level of basketball to Hershey Centre and the 905, and we’re looking forward to seeing our fans come out to support this team, starting with the preseason games later this week.”

For its first season, Raptors 905 will don white home uniforms and red away uniforms, consistent with the regular home and away uniforms of its NBA parent club. The home white uniforms will have red trim and black numbering, while the red away uniforms will have black trim and white numbering. The shorts on both Raptors 905 uniforms will feature the Raptors primary logo on the left leg and a Raptors 905 emblem on the right leg.

Raptors 905 begins its 2015 preseason schedule Thursday, November 5 when the team visits the Windsor Express (National Basketball League of Canada) at WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario at 7:30 p.m. The first home preseason contest is scheduled for Sunday, November 8 as Raptors 905 plays host to the Erie BayHawks at Hershey Centre in Mississauga at 2 p.m. Raptors 905 wraps up its preseason Monday, November 9 with a special season seat holder and mini-pack/flex-plan customer only game at its Mississauga Sports Complex Practice Court against the London Lightning (NBLC) at 7:30 p.m.

Brooklyn Nets General Manager Billy King announced today the additions of Randy Ayers and Bob Bender to the player personnel scouting staff. Ayers was named to the position of college scout, while Bender was named pro scout. Randy Ayers joins the Nets following a five-year stint as an assistant coach with the New Orleans Pelicans, including serving the last four years as the team’s lead assistant coach. Ayers began his NBA coaching career as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers in 1997 under head coach Larry Brown, helping to guide the Sixers to five consecutive playoff appearances, including a trip to the NBA Finals in 2001. Bob Bender joins the Nets after most recently spending the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks. Before joining the Bucks, Bender spent nine seasons on the bench in Atlanta, serving his final three seasons as an assistant under Larry Drew.

The Boston Celtics have assigned forward Jordan Mickey and guard/forward James Young to the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League.

Mickey, a 6’8” forward, played in seven preseason contests with the Celtics this year and averaged 5.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 9.8 minutes per game. He was selected with the 33rd overall pick by the Celtics in the 2015 NBA Draft and in one regular season appearance with the team has recorded two points, two rebounds and one assist in two minutes of action in his NBA debut against the Philadelphia 76ers on October 28, 2015.

Young, who is in his second NBA season, appeared in seven preseason matchups for the Celtics this year and averaged 4.4 points and 1.4 rebounds in 13.7 minutes per game over that span. He played in 17 contests for the Red Claws last season and averaged 21.5 points, including shooting 44.2 percent from beyond the arc, 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals in 32.9 minutes per game.

Here’s the San Francisco Chronicle reporting some key Warriors news:


Warriors general manager Bob Myers insisted he’s not disappointed the club did not reach contract agreements with Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli, both of whom will become restricted free agents next summer.

Barnes chose to end talks last week, before the season started. Myers talked to Ezeli’s agent, Bill Duffy, through the weekend, but the two sides did not strike a deal before Monday’s deadline.

“This is not an indicator that we don’t value them or want them,” Myers said of the two players. “It’s just a question of reaching a deal, which we’ll pick up happily come July.”

Raptors sign Terrence Ross to contract extension

The Toronto Raptors announced Tuesday they have signed forward-guard Terrence Ross to a multi-year contract extension.

According to Yahoo Sports, it is a “three-year, nearly $33 million contract” extension.

“Terrence has shown growth with each season,” said Raptors President and General Manager Masai Ujiri. “We are excited that he will be part of what we are building in Toronto. He is a great teammate and has worked hard to become one of our best shooters.”

Currently in his fourth season with the Raptors, the 24-year-old Ross has averaged 9.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and made 377 three-pointers in 239 career games. Ross tied the franchise record with a 51-point outing January 25, 2014 against the Los Angeles Clippers at Air Canada Centre. He also set career highs for field goals made (16), three-pointers made (10), free throws made (9) and minutes played (44) in that game.

Ross was selected eighth overall by Toronto in the 2012 NBA Draft and averaged 6.4 points and 2.0 rebounds, making 65 three-pointers, in 73 games his rookie season. He followed that with career highs of 10.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 81 games. He also posted career bests in three-point field goal percentage (.395) and three-point field goals made (161) in 2013-14.

Last season, Ross appeared in all 82 games averaging 9.8 points and 2.8 rebounds with 145 three-pointers as the Raptors won a franchise-best 49 games. In 11 career playoff appearances, he has averaged 5.7 points, 1.8 rebounds and 24.1 minutes.

The Portland, Oregon native has represented Toronto twice in the Sprite Slam Dunk during All-Star Weekend. He won the 2013 event in Houston and was a member of the winning team along with Washington’s John Wall and Indiana’s Paul George at the 2014 contest in New Orleans.

Jabari Parker and Tyler Ennis medically cleared for Bucks

Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker and guard Tyler Ennis have been medically cleared to return to game action on Wednesday, Nov. 4 when the team hosts the Philadelphia 76ers, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Game time for Wednesday’s contest at the BMO Harris Bradley Center is 7 p.m.

“We’re very excited to have both Jabari and Tyler medically cleared to play for us,” said Bucks Head Coach Jason Kidd. “Both players have put in a tremendous amount of hard work during the rehabilitation process. It’s a real credit to their work ethic and the talents of our world-class medical team and terrific coaching staff to have them ready to go. I know our fans are thrilled to have them back and will welcome them both on Wednesday night.”

In 25 games last season, Parker averaged 12.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 29.5 minutes per game. He earned Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honors for October/November and was the first teenager in over 30 years to record multiple double-doubles in his first three career games. Parker, 20, underwent season-ending knee surgery on Jan. 5 after suffering a left knee ACL injury at Phoenix on Dec. 15.

After a standout season at Duke where he was named consensus First Team All-America, ACC Freshman of the Year and a finalist for the Naismith Trophy, Oscar Robertson Trophy and John R. Wooden Awards, Parker was the 2nd overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft by Milwaukee.

Ennis, 21, averaged 3.7 points, 2.2 assists and 1.1 rebounds in 33 games last season with the Bucks and Suns. He was acquired from Phoenix on Feb. 19 in a three-team trade that also brought Miles Plumlee and Michael Carter-Williams to the Bucks. In his first career start on Mar. 14 vs. Boston, Ennis became the third player in franchise history under 21 years old (B. Jennings, T.J. Ford) to record 10+ assists in a game. On May 19, he underwent labral repair surgery on his right shoulder.

In one season at Syracuse, Ennis was named to the All-ACC Second Team, ACC All-Freshman and ACC All-Defensive Teams.

“Having Jabari and Tyler back on Wednesday is great news for our team,” said Head Coach Jason Kidd.

Hornets exercise option on Cody Zeller

Hornets exercise option on Cody Zeller

Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has exercised its fourth-year option on forward Cody Zeller.

“We are excited to keep Cody Zeller as a part of our core for another season,” Cho said. “We have been very pleased with Cody’s development on both ends of the floor and look forward to him continuing to expand his game as a member of our roster.”

The fourth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Zeller played in all 82 games of his rookie season and has appeared in 146 games total in his career (48 starts). The Washington, Ind. native holds career averages of 6.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 20.2 minutes per game. He saw significant statistical improvement from his first season to his second, increasing his scoring average, rebounding average, blocks average, field goal percentage and free throw percentage. Despite playing 20 fewer games than his first season, Zeller posted more double-doubles, more double-figure scoring games, more double-figure rebounding games and greater season totals in rebounds, assists, blocks and minutes played.

Zeller was named to the 2014 NBA All-Rookie Second Team and participated in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend 2015 in New York, where he recorded 12 points, four rebounds and three steals in 20 minutes of play. Zeller has spent his whole career in Charlotte after playing at Indiana University. As a Hoosier, Zeller averaged 16.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 29.0 minutes played per game and garnered multiple All-America and All-Big Ten honors in his two seasons there.

Hornets sign Jeremy Lamb to contract extension

Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed Jeremy Lamb to a contract extension.

“We were thrilled with the opportunity to add Jeremy Lamb to our roster this past summer,” Cho said. “Through the preseason and start of our regular season, Jeremy has proven to be the type of player and professional we seek here in Charlotte. We’re excited to have him as a part of the Hornets for years to come.”

The fourth-year guard was acquired in a trade on June 25, 2015, after spending the first three seasons of his career in Oklahoma City. Lamb was selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets and was acquired by the Thunder prior to the start of his rookie year. Lamb has appeared in 150 games (including eight starts) and holds career averages of 7.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 15.7 minutes per game. The University of Connecticut product has a career three-point percentage of .350 (139-397). On a per-36 minute basis, Lamb has averaged 16.1 points and 2.1 three-point field goals made for his career.

Lamb was an early entry candidate in the 2012 NBA Draft after spending two seasons at the University of Connecticut. He appeared in 75 games (including 73 starts) for the Huskies, averaging 14.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 32.1 minutes per game. He earned First Team All-Big East and Honorable Mention AP All-American honors as a sophomore, following up a freshman season in which he was named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team, the NCAA West Region All-Tournament Team and the Big East All-Tournament Team as he and Hornets teammate Kemba Walker led UConn to the 2011 NCAA and Big East Tournament Championships.

The Indiana Pacers have assigned
6-11 forward/center Shayne Whittington and 6-9 forward Rakeem Christmas to their affiliate in the NBA’s Development League, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Chandler Parsons back in action for Mavs

Chandler Parsons is back in action for the Dallas Mavericks. He played just 12 minutes in Sunday’s 103-98 Mavs win over the Lakers, shot just 1-of-6, but did have three rebounds, three assists and a steal. A good first step in his return. Parsons is an essential Mavs component, and his progress is worth monitoring. Here’s the Fort Worth Star Telegram reporting:

Chandler Parsons back in action for Mavs

He launched a shoe line in Southern California on Friday night. But Chandler Parsons was more than happy when Sunday came around and he was able to do what he’s been anxiously waiting to do for a long, long time.

Re-launch his NBA career.

Playing for the first time since suffering the first major injury of his NBA career during last April’s first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets, Parsons played 12 rusty minutes during Sunday’s 103-93 triumph over the Los Angeles Lakers. But just the fact that he was able to play – six months to the day – since he had hybrid micro-fracture surgery to repair cartilage damage to his right knee, was good enough for Parsons.

“I’m so excited,’’ Parsons said. “I felt like it was my first game of my career, so that’s awesome just to be out there and compete and play.

Kendrick Perkins out with pectoral injury

Kendrick Perkins pectoral injury

New Orleans Pelicans center Kendrick Perkins will be out indefinitely with a right pectoral injury. The injury occurred during the first quarter of last night’s game against the Golden State Warriors. A timetable for his return will be announced at a later date.

Perkins, 6-10, 270, had appeared in all three of the Pelicans’ regular season contests (all starts), averaging 5.3 points and 2.7 rebounds.

DeMarcus Cousins day-to-day with sore Achilles

Sacramento Kings center-forward DeMarcus Cousins did not return after halftime due to a sore right Achilles sustained in the second quarter of tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the STAPLES Center. Cousins recorded 13 points (6-14 FG, 0-3 3pt, 1-2 FT), nine rebounds, one assist and one steal in 15 minutes in the first half. He is listed as day-to-day.

Celtics exercise contract options on Marcus Smart, James Young, Kelly Olynyk

The Boston Celtics have exercised their third-year options on guard Marcus Smart and guard/forward James Young, and their fourth-year option on forward Kelly Olynyk.

All of these moves were expected.

Smart, who is in his second NBA season, appeared in five contests for the Celtics this preseason and averaged 8.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.0 steal in 24.2 minutes per game. The 6’4” guard played in 67 games during his rookie year and averaged 7.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals in 27.0 minutes per game. Smart was named to the 2014-15 NBA All-Rookie Second Team, named the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for February 2015, and was selected with the sixth overall pick by the Celtics in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Young, who is also in his second NBA season, appeared in seven preseason matchups for the team this year and averaged 4.4 points, including connecting on 35.0 percent of his shots from beyond the arc, and pulled down 1.4 rebounds in 13.7 minutes per game over that span. Young was selected with the 17th overall pick by the Celtics in the 2014 NBA Draft and is averaging 3.4 points and 1.4 rebounds in 10.7 minutes per game through 31 career contests.

Olynyk, who is in his third NBA season, appeared in six preseason games for the team this year and averaged 7.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 17.7 minutes per game. The 7’0” forward is averaging 9.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 21.1 minutes per game over his 134 game career. Olynyk was originally selected by the Dallas Mavericks with the 13th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft before the Celtics acquired him in exchange for the draft rights to Lucas Nogueira and two future second round picks on June 27, 2013.

Bulls exercise contract options on Tony Snell and Doug McDermott

The Chicago Bulls announced today that the team has exercised its fourth-year option for guard Tony Snell and its third-year option for forward Doug McDermott.

By exercising their options, both players will be under contract with the Bulls for the 2016-17 season.

Both of these moves were expected. Snell started 22 games for the Bulls last season, and has started all three so far this season. McDermott is still proving himself as an NBA player but clearly has the Bulls’ interest.

Pacers great Mel Daniels has died

The Indiana Pacers today are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former center Mel Daniels, a stalwart on the team’s three American Basketball Association championship teams and a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Daniels died Friday in Sheridan, Ind. He was 71. He is survived by his wife, CeCe and family.

“I join our extended Pacers family in offering my sincerest condolences to CeCe and Mel’s family,” said Pacers Sports & Entertainment owner Herb Simon. “We will miss him greatly, but when we look at that Hall of Fame banner in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, we will be forever reminded of what he meant to this franchise.”

Daniels was twice named the ABA’s MVP (1969 and 1971). He played six seasons with the Pacers, averaging 19.4 points and 16.0 rebounds per game.

A four-time All-ABA selection, Daniels was named to the First Team in 1969, 1970 and 1971, and was a Second Team pick in 1973. He also was named the ABA All-Star Game MVP in 1971 and was the ABA’s first Rookie of the Year in 1968 while playing with Minnesota. He is the Pacers’ all-time leading rebounder in the ABA (7,643) and he holds the Pacers’ ABA record for rebounds in a single season (1,475 in 1970-71).

He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico.

Following the end of his playing career, he joined the basketball staff of the Pacers.

His jersey number was retired on November 2, 1985. In September 2012, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Pelicans sign Toney Douglas

Pelicans sign Toney Douglas

The New Orleans Pelicans, who yesterday said goodbye to Nate Robinson, signed point guard Toney Douglas today.

Douglas, 6-2, 185, appeared in 12 games for New Orleans during the 2014-15 season, averaging 4.3 points and 2.0 assists in 14.8 minutes per game. Douglas spent the 2015 preseason with the Indiana Pacers, appearing in five games and averaging 6.6 points, 1.6 assists, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals.

Drafted 29th overall out of Florida State in 2009 by the Los Angeles Lakers, Douglas has appeared in 309 career NBA games with New York, Houston, Sacramento, Golden State, Miami and New Orleans, averaging 7.6 points and 2.2 assists in 18.9 minutes per game.

New Orleans’ roster now stands at 15.

Jodie Meeks out 12-16 weeks after foot surgery

The Detroit Pistons announced today that guard Jodie Meeks underwent a surgical procedure last evening to repair a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

Meeks is expected to miss the next 12-16 weeks and will be re-evaluated throughout the rehabilitation process.

Pelicans waive Nate Robinson

Pelicans waive Nate Robinson

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has waived guard Nate Robinson.

Robinson, 5-9, 180, appeared in two games for New Orleans, averaging 2.0 assists and 0.5 steals. Originally signed by the Pelicans on Oct. 16, Robinson appeared in four preseason games, averaging 8.8 points and 2.5 assists.

New Orleans’ roster now stands at 14.

Dirk will see Suns honor Steve Nash

Here’s the Dallas Morning News reporting that Dirk Nowitzki will be in attendance when the Phoenix Suns honor Steve Nash for his accomplishments:

Dirk will see Suns honor Steve Nash

Nowitzki and a handful of other Mavericks’ personnel will use the day off Friday in Los Angeles to return to Phoenix, where they will watch Steve Nash be inducted into the Suns’ ring of honor.

“I’m not missing it,” Nowitzki said Wednesday. “We’re coming back Friday. It’s huge for him. He had a tremendous career and since we’re off in LA for three or four days, we’re coming back here for it. It’s a tremendous honor for him.

“What he did here and in his career was amazing.”

New Pistons help out on Day 1

It’s a long season, and nobody should jump to any wild conclusions at the start for the season. Certainly not after just one day of games.

But it was certainly a good start for the Pistons, who won on the road against the Hawks last night. And some key new Detroit squad members played a big role in the victory.

More here: New Pistons players step up in NBA opening night win.

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