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The NBA and the NBDL today released details of the 2014-15 D-League schedule, as well as information on a new structure of divisions within the D-League.

The Bakersfield Jam, the Phoenix Suns single affiliation in the D-League, today released their 2014-15 schedule.

It will be interesting to see how the Suns use the D-League this year. Young Suns players Archie Goodwin, Tyler Ennis and T.J. Warren, none of whom have a solid rotation spot with the big club, will likely spend some time bouncing back and forth with Bakersfield this season. Alex Len is being handed the backup center position and didn't see the Jam last season, so likely won't spend any time down there this year either.

The Suns have the Jam as their solo affiliation, meaning the Suns will be stocking the team with players all season long. Expect camp invitees Casey Prather, Earl Barron and Joe Jackson to be invited to play for the Jam if they don't make the Suns in training camp.

New to the D-League this season is an East-West conferences scheme.  The Jam will compete in the new West Division, which will also feature the Santa Cruz Warriors (the affiliate of Golden State), the Los Angeles D-Fenders (the affiliate of the Lakers), the Reno Bighorns (the affiliate of the Sacramento Kings) and the Idaho Stampede (the affiliate of the Jazz).

The Jam will play 50 games total on the season, with 24 games at home at the Dignity Health Event Center, and 24 games on the road.  Two additional games will be played at the D-League Showcase, in mid-January.Bksfld Jam 2014-15

Conspicuously missing from this schedule are any games played at the Rabobank Arena, the larger, more accessible arena in downtown Bakersfield. In the past, the team had played a small number of games at the Rabobank Arena to attract local fans who cannot afford the very costly, very limited seats at the Dignity Health Center.

The team opens up play on November 14th against the Texas Legends, and plays 5 straight home games before heading on the road for back to back games against the Texas Legends on the 28th and 29th.

The team has a fairly easy schedule against the East. They play the Fort Wayne MadAnts, last season's champion, only once, at home, and avoid entirely the Sioux Falls SkyForce, considered one of the better teams last season.

The next major news on the Jam will come at the start of November, when the D-League Annual Draft is likely to occur. As that gets closer, we will provide more information.

Disturbing news coming from Slovenia after yesterday's relief.

Per Sport TV: Manager/director of national team(s) Matej Avanzo says Goran Dragic "will probably leave Phoenix next year and will find himself a new middle in the NBA".

The article goes on to say his participation at Eurobasket2015 will be depended on the new employer.

In another article it mentions that apparently this is the reason Suns GM was in Barcelona.

I don't know if this is just a prediction by Avanzo or if it is legitimate information. But keep in mind this is not Goran's agent or manager or anything. He is only responsible for the national team(s) and also holds 2 other positions in Basketball Federation of Slovenia : deputy of general secretary and manager of projects and marketing.

In his last statement Goran did say he has "an interesting situation with the club. Probably I'll terminate the contract and sign a new one. Like I've discussed, in the first week when the market opens, I'll sign and then I can be calm". He apparently also confirmed for Siol on Monday that he wants to sign a new contract by the middle of July next year.

This makes no sense to me since we just established yesterday that Goran loves Phoenix. It would be a real shock if what Sport TV says Avanzo says has any ground.

Lets not panic just yet, there is surely to be more news on the matter.

Disturbing news coming from Slovenia after yesterday's relief.

Per Sport TV: Manager/director of national team(s) Matej Avanzo says Goran Dragic "will probably leave Phoenix next year and will find himself a new middle in the NBA".

The article goes on to say his participation at Eurobasket2015 will be depended on the new employer.

In another article it mentions that apparently this is the reason Suns GM was in Barcelona.

I don't know if this is just a prediction by Avanzo or if it is legitimate information. But keep in mind this is not Goran's agent or manager or anything. He is only responsible for the national team(s) and also holds 2 other positions in Basketball Federation of Slovenia : deputy of general secretary and manager of projects and marketing.

In his last statement Goran did say he has "an interesting situation with the club. Probably I'll terminate the contract and sign a new one. Like I've discussed, in the first week when the market opens, I'll sign and then I can be calm". He apparently also confirmed for Siol on Monday that he wants to sign a new contract by the middle of July next year.

This makes no sense to me since we just established yesterday that Goran loves Phoenix. It would be a real shock if what Sport TV says Avanzo says has any ground.

Lets not panic just yet, there is surely to be more news on the matter.

Disturbing news coming from Slovenia after yesterday's relief.

Per Sport TV: Manager/director of national team(s) Matej Avanzo says Goran Dragic "will probably leave Phoenix next year and will find himself a new middle in the NBA".

The article goes on to say his participation at Eurobasket2015 will be depended on the new employer.

In another article it mentions that apparently this is the reason Suns GM was in Barcelona.

I don't know if this is just a prediction by Avanzo or if it is legitimate information. But keep in mind this is not Goran's agent or manager or anything. He is only responsible for the national team(s) and also holds 2 other positions in Basketball Federation of Slovenia : deputy of general secretary and manager of projects and marketing.

In his last statement Goran did say he has "an interesting situation with the club. Probably I'll terminate the contract and sign a new one. Like I've discussed, in the first week when the market opens, I'll sign and then I can be calm". He apparently also confirmed for Siol on Monday that he wants to sign a new contract by the middle of July next year.

This makes no sense to me since we just established yesterday that Goran loves Phoenix. It would be a real shock if what Sport TV says Avanzo says has any ground.

Lets not panic just yet, there is surely to be more news on the matter.

UPDATE: From Matej Avanzo himself:

Mr. Avanzo was kind enough to reply to my tweet asking on whether what Sport Tv said was true. His reply:

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It is a misinterpretation, I did mention, that this is one of the options, as far as I know.

Sport Tv can be counted as an unreliable source.

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