Alex Poythress

NBA G League Assignments/Recalls: 3/14/18

Here are Wednesday’s G League assignments and recalls from around the NBA:

9:00 pm:

  • The Pacers have recalled Alex Poythress from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, according to the team’s website. The Kentucky product has played in seven G League games this season where he averaged 20.0 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.

4:56 pm:

  • For the second consecutive day, the Jazz sent Dante Exum to the G League and then recalled him later in the day, the team announced in a press release. The former fifth overall pick is preparing for his return from a shoulder injury by practicing with the Salt Lake City Stars.
  • The Lakers have assigned rookie big man Thomas Bryant to the G League, according to the club (Twitter link). Bryant, who has averaged 19.2 PPG and 7.5 RPG in 32 G League games this season, is expected to suit up for the South Bay Lakers on Thursday night when they host the Agua Caliente Clippers.
  • Chris McCullough, who had been playing for the Northern Arizona Suns, was recalled today by the Wizards and then re-assigned to the Erie BayHawks, according to the team. Washington doesn’t have a G League affiliate of its own this season, so McCullough is eligible to play for other G League squads via the flexible assignment rule.

NBA G League Assignments/Recalls: 3/10/18

Here are Saturday’s G League moves from around the NBA:

  • The Raptors assigned Nigel Hayes and Alfonzo McKinnie to their Raptors 905 affiliate for today’s game against Canton, according to a tweet  from the G League team.
  • The Knicks sent Isaiah Hicks to their Westchester affiliate for tonight’s game in Milwaukee, the team announced (Twitter link).
  • The Pacers assigned Alex Poythress to their Fort Wayne affiliate, according to a post on the team website.
  • The Thunder recalled Dakari Johnson from Oklahoma City Blue, the team announced in an email.

Pacers Sign Alex Poythress

The Pacers have signed second-year forward Alex Poythress to an NBA contract, the team announced in a press release on Thursday. Poythress was a two-way player splitting time between the Pacers and the G League affiliate, Fort Wayne Mad Ants.  Poythress will now be with the Pacers moving forward.

Poythress, 24, has played in 11 games with Indiana this season but has averaged less than five minutes in his appearances. With the Mad Ants, Poythress averaged 20.0 PPG, 9.0 RPG and 2.7 APG.

After a productive season with the Mad Ants last year, including a G League All-Star appearance, Poythress averaged 10.7 PPG and 4.8 RPG in six games with the Sixers.

With the signing, Edmond Sumner becomes the lone two-way player on the Pacers’ roster.

Pacers Sign Alex Poythress To Two-Way Contract

A year after bringing Alex Poythress to training camp, the Pacers have re-added the former Kentucky standout to their offseason roster, announcing today in a press release that Poythress has signed a two-way contract with the club.

Poythress, who will turn 24 in September, didn’t earn a spot on Indiana’s regular season roster last season, but the undrafted rookie excelled for the Pacers’ G League affiliate. In 46 games for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the 6’7″ forward averaged 18.5 PPG, 7.1 RPG, and 1.4 BPG, with an impressive shooting line of .528/.403/.783.

Poythress’ performance for Fort Wayne earned him a spot on the All-NBA G League Second Team, and resulted in a late-season call-up to the Sixers. He made his NBA debut for Philadelphia in April and appeared in six games down the stretch, averaging 10.7 PPG and 4.8 RPG.

Previous reports have indicated that Edmond Sumner will be one of the Pacers’ two-way players, so it appears both two-way spots on Indiana’s roster have now been filled. In total, the club now has 17 players under contract, leaving three spots open on the 20-man offseason roster.

For more details on how two-way contracts work, be sure to check out our FAQ. Our full list of this year’s two-way players can be found right here.

Sixers Looking To Sell/Trade Second-Round Picks

Four of Philly’s league-high five selections are in the second-round and an anonymous executive tells Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer that the front office will look to sell one of their selections.

Another executive told Pompey that Philadelphia has been in contact with other teams regarding a trade for a couple of its picks. “Their last two second-rounders are in play [for possible trades]. The word is out there,” the second anonymous executive said.

Philadelphia owns the No. 36, No. 39, No. 46 and No. 50 overall picks in addition to the No. 3 overall selections. It’ll be difficult to add that many rookies to a team that will look to improve upon its 2016/17 record, as I discussed in the team’s offseason preview.

The front office is also considering taking a draft-and-stash prospect who would play overseas for at least one season. The team used this vehicle with prospects in the past, such as Dario Saric and Furkan Korkmaz.

Rosters will expand to 17 next season with a pair of two-way contracts being added to each team’s arsenal. It shouldn’t be assumed that the team will use both of those contracts on rookie players. Pompey notes that Alex Poythress, who played six games for Philadelphia near the end of last season, is a candidate to receive one of those two-way deals.

It’ll be tough for Philadelphia to add five rookies to a squad full of young talent, so it’s likely that the team makes some sort of move. Stay tuned to Hoops Rumors for the latest on the Sixers’ situation.

NBADL Announces All-NBA D-League Teams

The NBA Development League has announced its All-NBA D-League teams for the 2016/17 season, headlined by league MVP Vander Blue. While Blue didn’t play in the NBA at all this season, many of the players on the NBADL’s three All-NBA D-League squads received call-ups throughout the year, and some of them finished the season on an NBA roster.

Here are this year’s 15 All-NBA D-League players, many of whom will have a decent chance of finding their way onto an NBA roster next season:

First Team:

Second Team:

Third Team:

Sixers Sign Alex Poythress For Rest Of Season

The Sixers have signed Alex Poythress for the remainder of the season, the team reports in a press release on its official site. The team has one more game left this season, a matchup against the Knicks on Wednesday.

Previously inked to a 10-day deal because Philadelphia had qualified for a hardship exception, Poythress is eligible to re-sign with the club because that exception was extended.

The Kentucky product has appeared in five games for Philadelphia. He averaged 9.2 points and 4.4 rebounds in 25.0 minutes per game.

Austin Kent contributed to this post

Sixers Rumors: Saric, Fultz, Poythress

The Sixers have no plans to trade Dario Saric this offseason, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Sources tell Pompey that Philadelphia has not discussed a Saric trade with any rival team, including the Magic. Orlando recently had a board of its potential trade targets leaked and it contained a note that suggested the team would swap Aaron Gordon for Saric. The Sixers don’t want to move the power forward; they view him as one of their top players.

Here’s more from Philadelphia:

  • Saric sees being on Orlando’s board as a sign of respect, Pompey adds in the same. “Every team got rights to think about their future, to put it on board. But to comment, I don’t have something. It’s ok.  To me, you are doing good if they have you on [their] mind like an option,” Saric said.
  • Markelle Fultz is in attendance at the Sixers‘ game tonight, Jake Pavorsky of SB Nation relays. Fultz is projected to be the top selection in the draft and the Sixers currently own the fifth spot in our Reverse Standings, meaning the team has an 8.8% chance at obtaining the No.1 overall pick via their own selection. Philadelphia could also nab the top pick if the Kings win the lottery (4.3%) since the franchise acquired the right to swap first-rounders in the Carl Landry trade.
  • The Sixers recently signed Alex Poythress and the small forward is already proving his worth, Pompey opines (Video link). Poythress

Sixers Granted Injury Exception, Sign Alex Poythress

APRIL 2, 9:23am: The signing is official, the team announced in a press release.

APRIL 1, 11:37am: The Sixers have been granted an injury hardship exception, and will use their newfound roster spot to sign Alex Poythress of the D-League, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports (twitter link).

Poythress, 23, received summer league experience with the Magic, and started 45 games for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants this season. A former Kentucky Wildcat, Poythress went undrafted after his senior year.

Having recently lost Jahlil Okafor and Robert Covington for the season due to injuries, the Sixers‘ hardship exception permitted them to expand their roster size to 16. Poythress will presumably be available for Philadelphia’s match-up with Toronto on Sunday.

NBA D-League Affiliate Players For 2016/17

Throughout the offseason, and in the weeks leading up to the start of the regular season, NBA teams are permitted to carry 20 players, but that total must be cut down to 15 in advance of opening night. However, up to four players waived by teams before the season can be designated as affiliate players and assigned to their D-League squads.

The players have some say in the decision — if they’d prefer to sign with a team overseas, or if they get an opportunity with another NBA club, they’re free to turn down their team’s request to have them play in the D-League. Most NBA and international teams have fairly set rosters by late October though, so having the opportunity to continue playing in the same system is appealing to many of those preseason cuts. Especially since they’ll maintain NBA free agency while they play in the D-League.

There are a few other rules related to D-League affiliate players. A player whose returning rights are held by a D-League team can’t be an affiliate player for another club, which is why undrafted free agents from the current year are commonly signed and assigned. Additionally, an affiliate player must have signed with his team during the current league year, which explains why we often see players signed and quickly waived in the days leading up to the regular season. And, of course, not every NBA team has a D-League affiliate, so clubs like the Hawks, Nuggets, or Clippers have no place to send affiliate players.

With all that in mind, here are the NBA D-League affiliate players to start the 2016/17 season:

Austin Spurs (San Antonio Spurs)

Canton Charge (Cleveland Cavaliers)

Delaware 87ers (Philadelphia 76ers)

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