ERIE BAYHAWKS COMPLETE TRADE WITH GRAND RAPIDS DRIVE
Team sends returning player rights to Taylor Braun, in exchange for returning player rights to Bronson Koenig
ERIE, PA – The Erie BayHawks, NBA G League affiliate of the New Orleans Pelicans, have completed a trade with the Grand Rapids Drive, the team announced today. Erie has traded the returning player rights to Taylor Braun, in exchange for the returning player rights to Bronson Koenig.
Koenig (6-3, 194) most recently played in the Adriatic League and Puerto Rican BSN for KK Mornar and Vaqueros de Bayamon, respectively. In 18 total games (10 starts) for Mornar, he averaged 12.2 points, 2.4 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 23.6 minutes. The La Crosse, Wis. native last appeared with Grand Rapids during the 2017-18 season, posting averages of 9.8 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 21.2 minutes. Koenig helped lead the Drive to an appearance in the 2018 NBA G League Playoffs, in which they fell to the eventual 2018 G League Champions, the Raptors 905.
A four-year guard for the University of Wisconsin, Koenig played in 148 games (94 starts) for the Badgers. He earned 2017 All-Big Ten Second Team honors during his senior year, averaging a career-high 14.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 31.4 minutes.
Braun (6-7, 210) currently plays overseas for the Brisbane Bullets of the Australian NBL. In 13 games (11 starts) for Brisbane, he is averaging 8.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 26.6 minutes. A former North Dakota State Bison (2010-2014), Braun earned Summit League Player of the Year and Summit League All-First Team during his senior season in 2014. He is the only player in North Dakota State history to rank in the top 15 in points, rebounds and assists.
The Erie BayHawks are set to play the Wisconsin Herd tonight at 8 p.m. at the Menominee Nation Arena. Following tonight’s game, Erie heads home for a Thursday night contest with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
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.