Word is Orlando is trying to get a D-League team in Jacksonville, a team they would control – from there I think you’ll see them hanging on to more fringe guys and trying to develop them. The NBA teams that run their own team, install their own coaches, their own staff and usually run the same system. Take the Toros for example, everything they do is run exactly as the Spurs do it, so when a player is called up or sent down they are doing things exactly the way the NBA team does them.
The Orlando Magic will open their NBA preseason schedule Wednesday night at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena with a lot more than getting experience and winning an exhibition game in mind. The team said it has long-range hopes of possibly making the First Coast the home of their minor league program. The Magic, who will play the New Orleans Pelicans at 7, have an interest in moving its NBA Development League team to Jacksonville, team CEO Alex Martins said Tuesday. “We’ve made it clear to the [NBA] league we’d like to make this happen,” Martins said.