GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Drive, the Official NBA G League Affiliate of the Detroit Pistons, announced a three-team trade with the Erie BayHawks and the Oklahoma City Blue earlier today.
Per the terms of today’s trade, Grand Rapids will receive the returning player rights to Raphiael Putney from Erie. The Drive will also receive the returning player rights to Daniel Hamilton from Oklahoma City as well as the Blue’s original 1st round pick in the 2018 draft (#19).
Raphiael Putney played his collegiate ball at UMass from 2010-2014. The 6’10 forward played for the RGV Vipers during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons and the Erie BayHawks during the 2017-18 season along with several other overseas teams. Putney competed in 46 games with Erie this past season, averaging 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds 1.8 assists, 2.3 blocks and 1.2 steals per game. Putney was with the Spurs Summer League team this past summer.
Daniel Hamilton played collegiately at Connecticut from 2014-16 and was selected by the Denver Nuggets 56th overall in the 2016 NBA Draft. The 6’7 guard has been with the OKC Blue during each of the last two seasons where he averaged 16.1 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 1.1 steals per game during the 2017-18 season. Hamilton was with the Thunder Summer League team this past summer.
With today’s trade, Grand Rapids has agreed to send the returning player rights to Landry Nnoko and its own original 1st round pick in the 2018 draft (#21) to Erie. The Drive will also send the returning player rights to K.J. McDaniels to the OKC Blue.
Erie, PA – The Erie BayHawks, NBA G League affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club, completed a trade with the Grand Rapids Drive, the team announced today. Erie will send the returning player rights of forward Raphiael Putney to Grand Rapids, in exchange for the returning player rights to center Landry Nnoko and the Drive’s own original first-round pick in the 2018 NBA G League Draft.
Nnoko (6-10, 250) appeared in 49 games (all starts) for the Drive during the 2017-18 season, registering 14.7 points, 11.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.1 blocks in 32.5 minutes per contest (.579 FG%, .744 FT%). Named the 2017-18 NBA G League Defensive Player of the Year, Nnoko finished the season ranked second in rebounds per game (11.5), second in double-doubles (27) and fourth in blocks per game (2.1). Nnoko led the Drive in rebounds in 34 of his 49 games, pulling down 15 or more boards 11 times, including a season-best 20 rebounds twice (Feb. 7, 2018 vs. Windy City, Mar. 2, 2018 at Canton).
The Clemson University product suited up for the Miami Heat this summer, appearing in four games (three starts) in the Las Vegas Summer League and three games in Sacramento. In total, Nnoko saw action in seven games (three starts), tallying 6.3 points and 6.1 rebounds in 17.3 minutes per contest (.760 FG%, .600 FT%).
Putney had appeared in 46 games (36 starts) for the BayHawks last season, tallying 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals in 28.8 minutes (.455 FG%, .338 3FG%, .789 FT%). He was selected by Erie in the ninth-round of the 2017 NBA G League Expansion Draft, joining the BayHawks on Nov. 10.