The Dallas Mavericks have officially signed free agent guard Frank Ntilikina, the team announced on Thursday.
Ntilikina, 23, was originally the eighth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks and was selected one pick before the Mavs selected Dennis Smith with the ninth pick.
Last season in New York, Ntilikina averaged 2.7 points, 0.9 rebounds, 0.6 assist per contest.
After four seasons with the Knicks, he holds career averages of 5.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 19.5 minutes in 211 games (55 starts).
Before being drafted by New York, the French native began his professional career in 2015 with SIG Strasbourg of the French Pro A League. Ntilikina was named the league’s Best Young Player in both seasons he competed for Strasbourg.
Ntilikina recently competed with the French national team at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, bringing home a silver medal.
With the addition of Ntilikina, the Mavericks training camp roster to 20 players.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have re-signed guard Brodric Thomas to a two-way contract, the team announced on Wednesday.
Thomas, 24, signed his first two-way contract with the Cavaliers in February and played in 32 regular season games (one start) for Cleveland and Houston last season, where he averaged 3.9 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 0.9 assists per contest.
He was apart of Cavaliers summer league team in Las Vegas and averaged 10.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
The undrafted guard from Truman State also played in the NBA G League in 2020-21 for the Canton Charge and Rio Grande Valley Vipers and was named to the All-NBA G League Second Team and to the NBA G League All-Rookie Team.
San Antonio Spurs have re-signed forward Keita Bates-Diop and signed guard Joe Wieskamp to a two-way contract, the team announced on Tuesday.
Bates-Diop, 25. spent last season on a two-way contract with the Spurs, averaging 2.6 points and 1.6 rebounds in 8.2 minutes over 30 games. The Timberwolves originally selected the third-year player in the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft (48th overall); Bates-Diop spent the better part of two seasons in Minnesota before being traded to Denver in 2019.
Wieskamp, 22, was drafted by the Spurs with the 41st overall selection in the second round of the 2021 NBA Draft. He played in all eight of San Antonio’s 2021 Summer League games, including five in Las Vegas, where he averaged 10.4 points and 5.6 rebounds in 23.4 minutes.
In partnership with the Municipality of Ljubljana and Dallas Mavericks All-Star Guard Luka Doncic, 2K Foundations has refurbished his childhood court.
The refurbishment also includes brand new seating and lighting.
The artwork featured on the court was designed by Doncic, who chose local graphic designer Nejc Prah to bring his design to life. Doncic’s new logo integrates Luka’s initials (LD), his jersey number (77) and arrows that represent his deceptive style of play with negative space revealing an ‘S’ for his home country, Slovenia.
“This is a very exciting day for me. I have great memories growing up in Ljubljana. These are my childhood courts where I learned and practiced the game,“ said Doncic. “It’s an honor to be able to give back to my city and to my country that gave me so much and that I love. The opportunity for kids to play on the same courts and pursue the same dreams I had is something I am excited about.”
As part of the celebration, Luka signed the court, officially dedicating it to the community, and local children were then invited to participate in basketball scrimmages, 3-on-3 games, dribble clinics and skills challenges. MVPs of the challenges were judged by Luka and others while Jordan Brand and BioSteel, who both work with Dončić provided prizes and equipment on the day as well.
Photo Credit: Medimat Agency
The Atlanta Hawks signed center Clint Capela to a contract extension, which begins with the 2023-24 season, the team announced on Wednesday.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, it’s a two-year, $46 million extension. Capela, who had two years left on his deal, will be under contract through the 2024-2025 season.
Last season, Capela, 27, averaged 15.2 points, 14.3 rebounds(Led NBA), and 2.1 blocks. He recorded 48 double-doubles in 2020-21.
“Clint is one of the premier defensive and rebounding big men in the league. His presence in the paint and voice on defense had a tremendous impact on our success last season,” said Hawks President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Travis Schlenk via a press release. “He is a great teammate who leads by example, and we are excited to have him as a part of our team long-term.”
Entering his eighth NBA season, Capela has appeared in 397 career regular-season games with the Hawks and Houston Rockets, averaging 12.7 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks in 26.6 minutes.
The Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd finalized his coaching staff on Tuesday.
Here are the members of Kidd’s coaching staff:
-Igor Kokoskov, the head coach of the Serbian National Team, coached in the EuroLeague last season. Kokoskov spent over two decades in the NBA, mainly as an assistant. He was the head coach of the Phoenix Suns in the 2018-19 season.
-Sean Sweeney previously worked with Kidd in Milwaukee and Brooklyn. He most recently spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Pistons and the prior four as an assistant with Milwaukee.
-Jared Dudley transitions to an assistant coaching role following a 14-season NBA career. Dudley spent the last two seasons of his playing career with the L.A. Lakers, winning the 2020 NBA title.
-Greg St. Jean comes to Dallas after spending two seasons as a player development coach and advance scout with the L.A. Lakers, helping the organization to the 2020 NBA championship alongside Kidd. His father, Garry St. Jean, was head coach of the Kings and the general manager of the Golden State Warriors.
-Kristi Toliver began her NBA coaching career with the Washington Wizards, where she spent two seasons (2018-20) while concurrently playing for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics.
Kidd retained three members from Rick Carlisle’s staff:
Darrell Armstrong, God Shammgod, and Peter Patton complete Kidd’s coaching staff. Armstrong will begin his 13th season with the Mavericks, while Shammgod and Patton begin their sixth and fourth seasons, respectively, with the organization.