Bighorns Acquire Korolev From Albuquerque

For Immediate Release
Jan. 19, 2010

RENO, Nev.—The Reno Bighorns have acquired 6-9 forward Yaroslav Korolev from the Albuquerque Thunderbirds in exchange for forward Marcus Hubbard, the team announced today. Korolev was the 12th overall selection in the 2005 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers

Korolev, Albuquerque’s fourth-round selection in the 2009 NBA D-League Draft, is averaging 11.3 points and 5.8 boards per game this season. He has recorded three double-doubles, and has registered double figures in scoring 14 times in the 2009-10 season. The native of Moscow scored 16 points with six rebounds and three steals against Reno earlier this month.

The Los Angeles Clippers selected Korolev with their first-round pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. With the Clippers, Korolev would go on to play in 34 NBA games over the next two seasons, averaging 1.1 points.

Hubbard joined the Bighorns in a post-draft trade with Rio Grande Valley. With Reno, Hubbard averaged 9.9 points and 6.4 rebounds.

Next-up for Reno is a date with the Utah Flash Wednesday night at the McKay Event Center in Orem, Utah. Tip-time is set for 6 p.m. PT, and the action can be seen live on NBA Futurecast by logging on to www.RenoBighorns.com.

The Bighorns return home on Saturday, Jan. 30 for a two-game weekend series with the Flash. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m., and the Bighorns will celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Night in the Reno Events Center. Tickets are on-sale now at www.RenoBighorns.com, the Reno Events Center Box Office, Silver Legacy Box Office, or by visiting any Northern Nevada Ticketmaster location or Web site.

The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. For the 2009-10 season, the league will feature 16 teams – including the debut of the Maine Red Claws and the Springfield Armor. A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.