HoopsHype D-League rumors

June 10, 2014 Updates

General manager Dennis Lindsey and team president Randy Rigby will travel to Boise, Idaho, on Tuesday morning to make what a press release forwarded from the Utah Jazz described as a "major announcement" regarding the future of basketball in Treasure Valley. In other words, the Jazz and Idaho Stampede are finally going to announce what has previously been reported: They're joining together in an exclusive one-on-one affiliation. Deseret News

General manager Dennis Lindsey and team president Randy Rigby will travel to Boise, Idaho, on Tuesday morning to make what a press release forwarded from the Utah Jazz described as a "major announcement" regarding the future of basketball in Treasure Valley. In other words, the Jazz and Idaho Stampede are finally going to announce what has previously been reported: They're joining together in an exclusive one-on-one affiliation. This will be the third time Utah and Idaho have been partners, although this time the Jazz will be the Stampede's only NBA affiliate. Deseret News

June 8, 2014 Updates

The Detroit Pistons have a new tool at their disposal with an NBA Development League team in suburban Grand Rapids. At question is how they use it. Stan Van Gundy said it's a big part of the Pistons' development plan for young players. "If you get that coach integrated with what you're doing, and you're playing the same system and everything else, I think that D-League thing can be very, very valuable," the Pistons' president of basketball operations and head coach said. "And we'll take the hiring of that coach as a very big part of our staff because I think it can be that valuable." The Pistons established a hybrid affiliation with the yet-to-be-nicknamed Grand Rapids franchise when local owners bought the NBDL's former Springfield (Mass.) Armor in March. The team will begin play in the 2014-15 season at DeltaPlex Arena in Walker. Booth Newspapers

May 29, 2014 Updates

The Charlotte Hornets will hire Canton Charge head coach Steve Hetzel as an assistant coach, Yahoo Sports reported on Thursday. The Charlotte Observer confirmed the report but added that nothing was official yet. Hetzel started as a Cavaliers video coordinator during Mike Brown's first stint in Cleveland, then moved to Detroit as an assistant to John Kuester. Cleveland Plain Dealer

May 19, 2014 Updates

The Orlando Magic, Erie BayHawks, and the NBA Development League today announced that the Magic and BayHawks have entered into a three-year single affiliation partnership beginning with the 2014-15 NBA D-League season. Orlando becomes the record 16th NBA team to have a one-to-one affiliation with an NBA D-League team. The partnership, also referred to as a “hybrid affiliation,” is the eighth of its kind in the NBA D-League and allows an NBA team to control the NBA D-League team’s basketball operations, while the existing local ownership maintains primary responsibility for the team’s off-the-court business operations and community initiatives. NBA.com

The Orlando Magic now have an outpost in northwestern Pennsylvania. After months of talks, Magic officials have finalized a one-to-one affiliation agreement with the NBA Development League’s Erie BayHawks. The agreement will begin with the 2014-15 season and is scheduled to run through the 2016-17 season. Orlando Sentinel

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The Phoenix Suns, Bakersfield Jam, and NBA Development League today announced that the Suns have entered into a single-affiliation relationship with the Jam beginning with the 2014-15 season. With the partnership, the Suns become the record 15th NBA franchise to have a one-to-one relationship with an NBA D-League team, solidifying half of the NBA’s 30 teams as singly-affiliated. Through this, relationship, also known as a “hybrid” partnership, the Suns will oversee and fund all aspects of the Jam’s basketball operations while the local ownership in Bakersfield, led by Stan Ellis and David Higdon, will continue to manage the team’s business operations and community outreach. Executives and players from both teams will celebrate the partnership with fans in Bakersfield at an event in September. NBA.com

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The Orlando Magic plan to enter a single-affiliation hybrid relationship with the NBA Development League's Erie BayHawks, people familiar with news told USA TODAY Sports. They requested anonymity because the deal has not been finalized. USA Today Sports

May 8, 2014 Updates

The Suns are building a farm. Much like how Reno serves as the Diamondbacks' Triple-A minor-league affiliate, the Suns will start a hybrid affiliation with the D-League's Bakersfield franchise this year. In an agreement that is expected to be finalized next week, the Suns will finance and run the basketball operations of the D-League franchise while Bakersfield's ownership will continue handling business operations, community relations and other non-basketball functions. Arizona Republic

The Suns will be the 15th NBA team to have a single-affiliation relationship with a D-League team, whether it be by hybrid (seven teams, including USA Today's report of a forthcoming Orlando-Erie agreement) or full ownership (eight teams, including Dallas General Manager Donnie Nelson's personal ownership of the Texas Legends). Arizona Republic

May 6, 2014 Updates

In 2007, Chris Makris hopped on a plane and left his home in California to chase an opportunity in Des Moines. Seven years later, he's never returned. The Iowa Energy general manager has been promoted to the director of minor-league operations for the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies. The news of Makris' promotion was part of a Tuesday press conference announcing that the Energy had entered into a single-affiliation partnership with the Grizzlies. Des Moines Register

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