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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

The Iowa Energy have reached an affiliation agreement with the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies, finalizing a deal that ensures the NBA Development League team will remain in Des Moines. USA Today Sports

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

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