HoopsHype D-League rumors

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

A Michigan-based ownership group has purchased the NBA Development League's Springfield Armor and will move it to Grand Rapids, Mich., starting with the 2014-15 season. A news conference is scheduled for Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET in Grand Rapids, finally making official a deal that was reported last month. USA Today Sports

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April 11, 2014 Updates

New team will play in Grand Rapids next season and there will be a contest to help determine its name. The Detroit Pistons will announce details about it's new NBA Development League team in Grand Rapids at a press conference at 4 p.m. on April 15 at DeltaPlex Arena. The arrangement will be a "hybrid" partnership with the Pistons controlling all basketball operations while business operations will be controlled by a still unannounced local ownership group. Detroit Bad Boys

It appears the Detroit Pistons’ own NBA Development League team is on its way to Grand Rapids. The Pistons, along with the D-League, are prepared to make “an exciting announcement” at 4 p.m. Tuesday at DeltaPlex Arena in Grand Rapids. Detroit Free Press

April 10, 2014 Updates

The team was purchased by an undisclosed local ownership group, and has received league approval, sources said. “Hybrid” partnership, one of two ownership options followed by the NBA D-League, allows local ownership to control day-to-day and business operations while the parent club controls basketball operations. The other is exclusive ownership by the parent NBA club. Booth Newspapers

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