And-Ones: Duval, G League Draft, NBA Rosters, Williamson

Trevon Duval has signed a G League contract and is eligible for this Saturday’s draft, Adam Johnson of 2 Ways & 10 Days tweets. Duval was a two-way player for the Rockets last season and became a free agent when the team didn’t give him a qualifying offer this summer. He was claimed by Houston in March after the Bucks waived him. The former Duke guard made three cameo appearances with Milwaukee.

We have more from around the basketball world:

  • Journeyman center Hasheem Thabeet, former Lakers guard Vander Blue, and forward Trey Mourning, son of Alonzo Mourning, are some of the more interesting names on the list of players eligible for the G League draft, according to a league press release. The Northern Arizona Suns have the first pick.
  • There are 108 international players from 38 countries and territories on current NBA rosters, according to a league press release. The most-represented countries among the 108 international players on opening-night rosters are Canada (16 players), Australia (nine players), France (eight players), Croatia (seven players) and Serbia (six players). The Mavericks lead the league with seven international players.
  • Zion Williamson‘s knee injury created disappointment for the NBA’s TV partners, as Joe Vardon of The Athletic explains. TNT and ESPN wanted nationally-televised games featuring the Pelicans during the opening week of the season to showcase Williamson. They were stuck showing the Pelicans without the top pick in the draft on the court because it was too late to make a change. Vardon goes in-depth on how the national TV schedule is designed and notes that the Lakers play 21 of their 30 nationally -televised games after New Year’s Day because the networks wanted to feature LeBron James and Anthony Davis during the team’s playoff push.
  • Amida Brimah, the former UConn center who was in training camp with the Pacers, has suffered a torn right ACL, Scott Agness of The Athletic tweets. He was slated to join Indiana’s G League team, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.  Brimah will undergo surgery next week, Agness adds.
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4 thoughts on “And-Ones: Duval, G League Draft, NBA Rosters, Williamson

  1. x%sure

    Yeah James won’t get fired up until late. Broadcasters probably still remember a while back with the Cavs when he might not show for a midseason game.

    HR I know the Athletic & others do it, but it’s distracting to repeat the same superfluous words in a text list. I mean, list the nations and their numbers, done.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      Playing the nationally televised games for the Lakers later in the season isn’t a great idea considering what happened last year. At least they should make the playoffs after the disaster that was 2018-19 for the Lakers, but they shouldn’t get their hopes up just the same.

      • x%sure

        They’re better this year. And James initially had no big plans for the Lakers last year… LA fans don’t want to hear that but he didn’t materialize out of nowhere. 2017/18 was rough for him, then last year was the opposite and now he’s rusty.

  2. Buckman

    Coaches, please share your load management plans for your superstars with the networks so they cash in. Thank you.

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