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Mitrou-Long and Niang waived by their NBA franchises

Jul 14, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Naz Mitrou-Long (19) takes an inbound pass during an NBA Summer League game against the Phoenix Suns at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

It was a sad day for former Cyclones in the NBA.

Former Iowa State stars Naz Mitrou-Long and Georges Niang were both waived by their respective franchises four days before the league’s opening day. Mitrou-Long played with the Utah Jazz during the preseason while Niang was with the Golden State Warriors.

Mitrou-Long averaged four points, one assist and seven minutes in two games during the Jazz’s four preseason contests. Niang averaged four points, 1.5 rebounds, an assist and 9.7 minutes in Golden State’s four games.

Stay tuned to Cyclone Fanatic for updates on where these former Cyclones go next in their professional careers.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.

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