HoopsHype D-League rumors

May 6, 2014 Updates

Jed Kaplan, a minority owner of the Grizzlies in charge of crafting the arrangement, said relocating the franchise never was considered by the Memphis group. "When you have a team that's been as successful as the Energy and the fans have taken such ownership — this team should forever be in Des Moines, Iowa," Kaplan, who takes over as the Energy's managing owner, said in a telephone interview. "It should and it will." USA Today Sports

April 30, 2014 Updates
April 26, 2014 Updates

After a wild 119-113 win over Santa Cruz in Game 2, seven-year vet Ron Howard and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants are the new NBA D-League champions. NBA.com

"To be honest, the D-League has prepared me for this moment," Daniels, who one reporter called "Troy Bailey" in the postgame news conference, said afterward. "You can say whatever you want about the D-League, but I wouldn't have hit that shot if I wasn't in the D-League a couple weeks ago. ... It's a dream come true. Plain and simple." USA Today Sports

April 25, 2014 Updates
April 18, 2014 Updates

In the dispute over what should be done about age limits for players coming out of college basketball and entering the draft, expect the NBA's D-League to become a major battlefield. According to multiple sources, a proposed plan that is circulating now would see the age limit extended from its current position — one year after high school graduation — to three years, essentially barring most players from entering the NBA until they are 20 or 21. Sporting News

April 17, 2014 Updates

The sources said that, in order to pave the way for raising the age limit, the league would be willing to expand salaries in the D-League, giving each team a salary cap and allowing executives with each team to sign players as they wish. Not only would that allow D-League teams to sign good young players, it would allow NBA clubs to size up young executives and player evaluators. Of course, the NBA can't really come up with solid proposals just yet. The main issue slowing down changing the eligibility requirements remains the inability of the NBA players association to find an executive director who can negotiate with commissioner Adam Silver on the subject. But once a new director is in place, the age limit dilemma is expected to be a priority. Sporting News

April 16, 2014 Updates
April 15, 2014 Updates

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. An official announcement is not expected until late May as the parties finalize details. The Magic will run basketball ops and the ownership will handle business operations and community relations. USA Today Sports

The BayHawks had a hybrid relationship with the New York Knicks until the Knicks decided they wanted to own and run their own D-League team in nearby Westchester County, N.Y. Orlando has wanted to run a D-League team, and when the Knicks ended their relationship with Erie, the Magic began talks with BayHawks ownership. USA Today Sports

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