Around last season’s All-Star break, preliminary chatter began among the league’s basketball operations folks and rule geeks about the prospect of reducing all trips to the free-throw line to a single foul shot. D-League president Dan Reed and Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey were the closest thing to co-sponsors of a bill. Nobody was proposing anything to be fast-tracked, but an imperative to figure out ways to shorten pro basketball games gave the idea some life as something to consider implementing in the D-League.
Dan Reed Rumors
After seven years as National Basketball Association Development League president, Dan Reed has resigned to take a new job, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Reed will take a job running sports partnerships at Facebook, sources told Yahoo Sports.
NBA D-League President Dan Reed: When I started back in 2007, only one out of our fourteen total teams were affiliated with their own NBA team. Now, 14 out of 17 teams are. Those teams are all either owned or operated directly be an NBA team. The management of such teams is indistinguishable from that of the management of the NBA teams. That’s just led more NBA scouts and executives to come and pay attention to what’s happening here. It’s actually contributed to what is, I believe, our most talent on the floor this season. That brings more personnel people from the NBA to want to come here.
NBA D-League President Dan Reed: You’re seeing General Managers who have D-League experience get called up to the NBA. Dell Demps of the Pelicans was most recently the G.M. of the Austin Toros. Of course, that creates a cycle, as when more people with D-League experience go into NBA front offices, they’re more likely to utilize the league. It’s a really good time for the league, we’re really thriving as a minor league for the NBA, and I still think our best days are ahead of us.
One day — he doesn’t have the exact timeline — Reed envisions 30 push-pins: one D-League team for every NBA team. “One of the things we’re very focused on is how do we meet that demand,” Reed told USA TODAY Sports. “It’s the ultimate good problem to have. I do think there will be eventually 30 teams. I do think every NBA team will have their own exclusive D-League affiliate.
D-League President Dan Reed expects the number of singly-aligned relationships to grow. Of course, that requires adding more teams, and that’s not going to happen for the upcoming season, according to Reed. “We’re not expanding right now,” he said during a visit to Canton last weekend. “We’re very happy with our current footprint. We expect more NBA teams to get involved in the league, and that at some point it becomes imperative that we do expand as demand grows.”