BayHawks Complete Trade With Sioux Falls Skyforce

Official Release | February 1, 2020


Team sends Kavell Bigby-Williams, in exchange for returning rights to Raphiael Putney & 2020 2nd Round Pick 

ERIE, PA – The Erie BayHawks, NBA G League affiliate of the New Orleans Pelicans, have completed a trade with the Sioux Falls Skyforce, the team announced today. Erie has traded Kavell Bigby-Williams, in exchange for the returning player rights to Raphiael Putney and their 2020 NBA G League Draft 2nd Round Pick. This trade is subject to Bigby-Williams passing a physical.

Bigby-Williams (6-11, 250) appeared in 25 games (16 starts) with Erie this season, averaging 8.4 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 23.3 minutes. The former LSU Tiger ranked sixth in the league in blocks per game (2.1) and eighth in rebounds per game (9.0), among qualified leaders. Bigby-Williams notched 14 games with at least 10 rebounds, tallying 11 double-doubles during his time with the BayHawks

Putney (6-10, 185) most recently played in the G League during the 2018-19 season with Sioux Falls. In 40 games (29 starts), he averaged 16.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 2.0 assists in 30.2 minutes. Putney played for Erie during the 2017-18 season, helping lead the BayHawks to a Southeast Division title and an appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2018 NBA G League Playoffs.

The BayHawks are set for a Southeast Division matchup tomorrow against the Greensboro Swarm. Tip is set for 7 p.m. ET at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.

The Erie BayHawks, presented by LECOM, are the NBA G League affiliate of the New Orleans Pelicans. The NBA G League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. The BayHawks, established in 2008, play their home games at Erie Insurance Arena and were one of the first teams in the G League to establish a marquee partnership.  The BayHawks marquee partner, the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), LECOM School of Dental Medicine and LECOM School of Pharmacy offer innovative and affordable education in osteopathic medicine, dentistry and pharmacy. From campuses in Erie, Pennsylvania, Greensburg, Pennsylvania and Bradenton, Florida, LECOM provides student-centered pathways to prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals.  LECOM physicians serve as the BayHawks medical staff, the team practices at the state-of-the-art LECOM Medical Fitness & Wellness Center, and together the BayHawks and LECOM promote education, health and wellness throughout Erie County.   


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