Official: Mavs re-sign Markieff Morris

The Dallas Mavericks have re-signed forward Markieff Morris, the team announced on Saturday.

According to reports, it’s a one-year deal.

Morris, 34, originally came to Dallas along with Kyrie Irving in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets in February.

Last season, Morris appeared in eight games (1 start) for the Mavericks in the 2022-23 season and averaged 4.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 8.8 minutes. 

The 12-year veteran holds career averages of 10.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 24.1 minutes over 750 games (378 starts) with Phoenix, Washington, Oklahoma City, Detroit, the L.A. Lakers, Miami, Brooklyn and Dallas. He has shot 44.6% (3,065-6,877 FG) from the field, 34.3% (635-1,853 3FG) from beyond the arc, and 77.8% (1,189-1,528 FT) from the free throw line over his career.

Selected with the 13th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Suns, the University of Kansas product won an NBA Championship in 2020 with the Lakers. 

Cavs president Koby Altman arrested for driving while impaired

Cavaliers president of basketball operations Koby Altman was arrested and charged with driving while impaired on Friday night in Cleveland. 

Altman is also being charged with committing a marked lanes violation, according to WKYC.

According to FOX 8 Ohio, just before 9 P.M., “troopers initiated a traffic stop and during their interaction with the driver indicators of impairment were observed. The driver was subsequently placed under arrest for OVI and soon after offered a breath test, which he refused.“

Altman, who turned 41 on Saturday, was cooperative and respectful, according to the report.

The Cavs issued the following statement on Saturday:

“We are aware of an incident involving Cavaliers President of Basketball Operations Koby Altman. We are currently gathering more information and have no further comment at this time.”

Before being named general manager in 2017, Altman had been a part of the Cavaliers’ basketball staff for five years, including being promoted to assistant general manager in September 2016. As a member of Cleveland’s front office, Altman has been an integral part of a team that reached four straight NBA Finals (2015-2018) and won an NBA Championship in 2016. He originally joined the Cavaliers as pro personnel manager in August 2012 and was promoted to director of pro player personnel in September 2013.

In 2022, Altman received a contract extension and was promoted to president of basketball operations. Last season, the Cavs made the playoffs for the first time since 2018. 

Official: 76ers sign Danny Green

On Wednesday, the Philadelphia 76ers announced that they are signing Danny Green.

According to reports, it’s a one-year deal.

The 34-year-old, who spent two seasons with Philadelphia(2020-22), reunites with 76ers head coach Nick Nurse. The two were together during the 2019 championship season in Toronto.

During his time with the 76ers, he produced 7.8 points on 40.5% shooting, 3.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.2 steals in 131 games (97 starts) while ranking ninth on the franchise’s all-time list with a 39.5% three-point shooting mark. 

Green tore his ACL and LCL in the playoffs in 2022 with the 76ers and was traded to the Grizzlies at the end of that season.

Last season, the 14-year veteran spent time with the Grizzlies and Cavaliers. With the Cavs, Green played in four postseason games.

Originally selected by Cleveland with the 46th pick of the 2009 NBA Draft, Green has produced 8.7 points on 42.1% shooting (40.0% 3-PT), 3.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals, and 25.2 minutes across 830 career games (709 starts) with the Cavaliers, San Antonio, Toronto, the Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia, and Memphis. He is one of four players in league history to win NBA titles with three different franchises, joining Robert Horry, LeBron James, and John Salley.  

Depending on what he has left in the tank, Green should give Philly some depth off the bench.

Cavs’ Altman: ‘Tristan(Thompson) embodies every trait we want as part of our team culture’

A familiar face is back in Cleveland.

The Cavaliers have signed forward/center Tristan Thompson, the team announced on Tuesday.

According to reports, it’s a one-year deal.

Thompson, a vital figure on Cleveland’s 2016 championship team and a part of the Cavs’ teams that went to four straight NBA Finals, was selected fourth by the Cavs in 2011 and spent the first nine seasons of his career in Cleveland. 

Last season, the 12-year veteran signed with the Lakers in April and appeared in six postseason games.

“Tristan embodies every trait we want as part of our team culture, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring his experience and character back into our franchise,” Cavs president of basketball operations Koby Altman said in a press release. “His impact both on and off the court is immeasurable, and his history with our team adds a layer of familiarity, leadership, and physicality that will undoubtedly make a positive impact with our younger players. An integral part of our four consecutive NBA Finals trips and an NBA Championship in 2016, Tristan represented the organization with the utmost charm and professionalism during his nine seasons in Northeast Ohio. We are thrilled to reunite with Tristan and welcome him and his family back to the Cavaliers family.”

Thompson still ranks among the franchise’s all-time leaders in offensive rebounds (second, 2,115), total rebounds (third, 5,393), defensive rebounds (fifth, 3,278), blocks (sixth, 447), games played (seventh, 619) and minutes (eighth, 17,373). His 447 consecutive regular season games played from Feb. 10, 2012, to April 4, 2017, remains the longest streak in Cavaliers history. Additionally, Thompson holds the franchise record for most offensive rebounds in a single season with 306 in 2012-13.

Over his career, Thompson has played in 730 regular season games (478 starts) for Cleveland, Boston, Sacramento, Indiana, and Chicago, with averages of 9.0 points on .519 shooting from the field and 8.4 rebounds in 26.8 minutes per contest. Thompson is one of only four players in franchise history to accumulate at least 5,000 points and 5,000 rebounds, joining LeBron James, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, and Brad Daugherty.

Thompson is a fan favorite and brings postseason experience to Cleveland, and he could give the Cavs solid minutes off the bench.

76ers sign guard David Duke Jr.

The Philadelphia 76ers have officially signed guard David Duke Jr., the team announced Monday.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer Gina Mizell, it’s an Exhibit 10 deal.

Duke Jr., 23, appeared in 23 games with the Brooklyn Nets last season as a two-way signee, averaging 3.7 points (46.2% FG) and 1.3 rebounds in 9.9 minutes. He posted season highs in points (15), rebounds (eight), and steals (three) while dishing out a career-best four assists against the 76ers on April 9.

Across his two professional seasons, both with the Nets from 2021-23, the Providence, R.I. native has produced 4.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 12.6 minutes in 45 NBA games.

The second-year guard has also appeared in 35 career regular season games (all starts) for Brooklyn’s NBA G League affiliate, the Long Island Nets, posting averages of 20.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.7 steals.

He led the team and ranked fourth across the G League with 23.0 points in 22 games last season, finishing third in the 2022-23 Kia NBA G League Most Valuable Player award voting.

76ers finalize coaching staff for 2023-24 season

On Tuesday, the Philadelphia 76ers today announced the team’s coaching staff under new head coach Nick Nurse.

Bryan Gates, Bobby Jackson, Rico Hines, Matt Brase, Coby Karl, Mike Longabardi, and Doug West will serve as assistant coaches.  

Longabardi will also serve as the head coach of Philadelphia’s NBA G League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats. 

John Corbacio (Assistant Coach/Head Video Coordinator), Fabulous Flournoy (Assistant Coach/Player Development), and Jason Love (Assistant Coach/Player Development) also join Nurse’s staff, while TJ DiLeo, Terrel Harris, Toure’ Murry, and Reggie Redding will serve as player development associate coaches.

Kareem Thawer is the team’s assistant video coordinator.

Here is a brief bio of Nurse’s coaching staff:

Gates enters his first season with the 76ers and his 15th in the NBA after making stops as an assistant coach in Phoenix, Minnesota, Sacramento, and New Orleans.

Following a 12-year NBA playing career, Jackson joins Nurse’s staff as an assistant coach after coaching the Stockton Kings to a G League-best 25-7 record in 2022-23.

Before accepting the head job with Stockton, Jackson racked up experience in an assistant coach/player development role for the Sacramento Kings (2017-20) and as a player development coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves (2014-16).

Hines comes to Philadelphia after spending the 2022-23 season with Nurse in Toronto as an assistant coach. He has accumulated eight seasons of coaching experience at the NBA level, including stops with the Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings (assistant coach/player development, 2019-22), and Golden State Warriors (player development, 2006-10).

Hines has also held the assistant coach title with the Stockton Kings of the NBA G League (2016-19) and St. John’s University (2010-15).

Brase joins Philadelphia’s staff after leading Pallacanestro Varese as head coach for the 2022-2023 season in Serie A of the Italian League. Brase previously served as an assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2021-22 season. 

Karl joins the Philadelphia’s bench after leading the Delaware Blue Coats as head coach. During his tenure, Karl led the Blue Coats to become the only G League team to win both a G League title and the Showcase Cup crown. 

Longabardi, a two-time NBA champion, joins Philadelphia’s staff with 20 seasons of NBA coaching experience, including holding assistant positions with the Houston Rockets (2003-07), Boston Celtics (2007-12), Phoenix Suns (2013-15), Cleveland Cavaliers (2015-19), Washington Wizards (2019-21), Sacramento Kings (2021-22) and with the Atlanta Hawks (2022-23).

West comes to Philadelphia with an extensive basketball profile that includes a 12-year NBA playing career, following a four-year run with Villanova. He has also accumulated 20 years of coaching experience in the high school, collegiate, and professional ranks.

Corbacio originally joined the Toronto Raptors video staff in 2017 and added assistant coach to his title prior to the 2019-20 season.

Flournoy enters his first season with the 76ers after completing four seasons with the Toronto Raptors as an assistant video coordinator and player development coach.

Love joined the 76ers in 2019 as a skill development associate before being elevated to skill development coach. Before Philadelphia, Love was a graduate assistant at the University of Louisville in 2018-19.

DiLeo is entering his third season as a member of the 76ers’ player development staff after joining the team for the 2021-22 season. 

Harris joins Philadelphia after a professional basketball career in the NBA (2011-13) and NBA G League (2009-11), including a championship season with the Miami Heat in 2011-12. 

Murry previously served as a player development coach for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the G League. He has 10 years of NBA/European playing experience.

Redding is entering his third year with the 76ers’ player development department after joining the staff in 2021. A 

Thawer began his NBA career in 2022-23 with the Toronto Raptors’ video department.  




Blue Coats announce complete 2023-24 schedule

The NBA G League today released its complete game schedule for the 2023-24 season, which features a record 31 teams.

The 2022-23 NBA G League Champion Delaware Blue Coats open their season at home on Friday, November 10 against the Westchester Knicks at Chase Fieldhouse.

The NBA G League schedule will again be organized into two parts: the 16-game Showcase Cup, followed by a 34-game regular season.   All 31 NBA G League teams will compete in a total of 50 games during the 2023-24 season.

The Showcase Cup begins on Friday, Nov. 10 and culminates with a single-elimination tournament to crown a champion at the 2023 NBA G League Winter Showcase from Dec. 19-22.  During the Showcase Cup, teams are placed into four regions and play 14 games exclusively against one another in NBA G League markets.  The teams with the best winning percentage in each region, along with the next four teams with the best winning percentages regardless of region, will advance to compete for the Showcase Cup Championship during Winter Showcase.

Following the Showcase Cup, team records will reset in advance of the 34-game regular season, which tips off on Wednesday, Dec. 27. 

At the conclusion of the regular season, the top six teams in each conference will qualify for the NBA G League Playoffs presented by Google Pixel, which conclude with the NBA G League Finals presented by YouTube TV in April 2024. 

Two new markets in addition to Portland will welcome NBA G League basketball, with the former Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Lakeland Magic relocating to Indianapolis and Osceola, Fla., respectively.  The Indiana Mad Ants (Indiana Pacers) will make their Indianapolis debut at Gainbridge Fieldhouse against the Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls) on Monday, Nov. 13, and the Osceola Magic (Orlando Magic) will play its first home game at Osceola Heritage Park against the Texas Legends (Dallas Mavericks) on Thursday, Nov. 16.

The Rip City Remix tips off its inaugural NBA G League season at the South Bay Lakers (Los Angeles Lakers) on Friday, Nov. 10.  That same night, the Mexico City Capitanes will host Osceola as part of a week-long celebration of basketball in Mexico. 

The 2023-24 NBA G League calendar includes several league-wide initiatives, such as Hoops for Troops in November, Season of Giving in December, Martin Luther King Jr. Day games in January, Black History Month in February and Women’s History Month in March. 

Continuing from the 2022-23 season, games that advance to overtime will be determined by a Final Target Score.  The winner of an overtime game during the season will be the first team to reach or surpass the Final Target Score, which will be the tied score after four quarters plus seven.  For example, if the teams are tied at 100-100, the Final Target Score would be 107.  Overtime will be untimed and games will end when a team makes a basket or free throw to reach or surpass the Final Target Score. 

Complete Blue Coats schedule below:

Mavs announce complete preseason schedule

The Dallas Mavericks announced their 2023 preseason schedule on Wednesday, which tips off against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2023.

Dallas and Minnesota will go head-to-head in two games on Oct. 5 and 7 at 11 a.m. CT (8 p.m. local time) at Etihad Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

Following their matchups with the Timberwolves, the Mavericks will continue their international exploits against Luka Dončić’s former club, Real Madrid, in Spain on Oct. 10. It will mark Dallas’ first preseason game against a non-NBA team on foreign soil since it faced Alba Berlin in Berlin, Germany, and FC Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain, in 2012. 

The Mavericks will conclude their exhibition slate at home against the Detroit Pistons on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. CT.

The Mavericks will open the 2023-24 regular season on the road against Victor Wembanyama and the San Antonio Spurs on Oct. 25.







Thu. Oct. 5

@ Minnesota

11:00 a.m.

Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Etihad Arena

Sat. Oct. 7

@ Minnesota

11:00 a.m.

Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Etihad Arena

Tue. Oct. 10

@ Real Madrid

1:45 p.m.

Madrid, Spain

WiZink Center

Fri. Oct. 20

vs. Detroit

7:00 p.m.

Dallas, Texas

American Airlines Center

Spurs to face Thunder in preseason opener

The San Antonio Spurs open the preseason on the road in Oklahoma City against the Thunder, the team announced on Wednesday.

San Antonio will start the year on the road in Oklahoma City on Monday, Oct. 9. The Silver and Black make their 2023-24 home debut at the Frost Bank Center against the Miami Heat on Friday, Oct. 13, followed by two home games against intra-state rival Houston Rockets on Monday, Oct. 16 and Wednesday, Oct. 18.

The Spurs will wrap the preseason with a visit to play the Golden State Warriors on Friday, Oct. 20, before the regular season starts in San Antonio against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

There’s a lot of excitement in San Antonio after the team drafted Victor Wembanyama with the number one pick in this year’s draft. Wemby should bring much excitement to the Spurs and everyone around the NBA.

Here’s San Antonio’s complete preseason schedule below:





October 9

at Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City

7 p.m.

October 13

vs. Miami

San Antonio

7 p.m.

October 16

vs. Houston

San Antonio

7 p.m.

October 18

vs. Houston

San Antonio

7 p.m.

October 20

at Golden State

San Francisco

9 p.m.

Mavs move on from JaVale McGee

The Dallas Mavericks have requested waivers on center JaVale McGee, the team announced on Tuesday.

Last offseason, McGee signed a three-year deal worth $17 million with Dallas and was penciled in as the team’s starting center. However, he struggled early in the season and eventually lost his starting job.

The 35-year-old averaged 4.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 42 games (7 starts) with the Mavericks last season.

It was a disappointing season for the 16-year veteran, but McGee now gets an opportunity to sign elsewhere.

According to Chris Haynes, the Sacramento Kings are said to be interested in the three-time NBA champion. McGee was coached by current Kings head coach Mike Brown when the two were with the Warriors. Brown was an assistant under Steve Kerr.