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NBA Envisions Total of 30 D-League Teams Within 5 Yrs

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Another number expect to grow? The number of D-League teams. Starting with eight teams 15 years ago, there are now 19 teams and that number will increase to 22 for the 2016-17, adding new teams in Greensboro (Charlotte Hornets), Brooklyn (Nets) and Hoffman Estates, Ill. (Chicago Bulls).

The league will continue to expand as the Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, Washington Wizards, Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets look to add single-affiliate D-League teams in the next few years. The league is moving closer to a 30-for-30 model that would provide each NBA team with its own D-League team, and (D-League President Malcolm) Turner told USA TODAY Sports that’s a realistic goal within the next five years.

Source: Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY Sports

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Report: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named NBA Most Valuable Player

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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the 2019-20 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player, the NBA announced today.

This is the second straight Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award for Antetokounmpo, who becomes the 12th player to earn the honor in consecutive seasons. A native of Greece, Antetokounmpo is the first player from Europe to be selected as the NBA MVP more than once. Antetokounmpo, 25, also joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James as the only players to win multiple NBA MVP awards by the age of 25.

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Report: Nick Nurse, Raptors Agree to Extension

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The Toronto Raptors announced Tuesday they have signed head coach Nick Nurse to a multi-year contract extension. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. This past season, Nurse guided the Raptors to a 53-19 record during the regular season (second best in the NBA) and set a franchise-record with a .736 winning percentage. Toronto also reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals for the fifth straight year.

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Sources: Rockets Interested in Tyronn Lue, Sam Cassell for Head Coach

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Sources: There is mutual interest between the Rockets and Clippers assistant coach Sam Cassell. Cassell started his playing career with the two-time champion “Clutch City” Rockets.


With a head coaching vacancy in Houston, expect the franchise to take a strong look at Los Angeles Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue.

Source: Tim MacMahon and Chris Haynes on Twitter

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