The latest report on the Clippers stated there was a chance they could purchase a team and place them in Bakersfield, California. The Bakersfield Jam were the single affiliate for the Phoenix Suns, but the Suns purchased the franchise, moved them to Northern Arizona and renamed them the Northern Arizona Suns — NAZ in your area! Since that report, U&M has followed up and sources close to the team say that Doc Rivers and front office executives actually are hoping to have their future D-League team even closer than Bakersfield, so the likelihood of them having a team for next season dwindles greatly if that’s the case.
On-the-rise Dan Craig is expected to return from the D-League to the Heat assistant coaching staff — and with Juwan Howard (whose stock continues to rise) and Keith Smart — that trio would give Spoelstra a strong troika of assistants on the bench.
Oshkosh has not had a pro-level basketball team in 30 years. But that could change in 2017. Windward Wealth Strategies, an Oshkosh wealth management firm, is competing against other Midwestern cities to land a Milwaukee Bucks affiliate team. The group has been in talks with the Bucks for about a year. If a deal is reached, the NBA Development League club would be the first professional team to play in Oshkosh since the Wisconsin Flyers disbanded in 1987.
This year’s NBA D-League National Tryouts are scheduled to take place on Sunday, Aug. 14 in New York City, multiple league sources tell D-League Digest. In previous years, the tryouts took place in mid-June. This year, however, the decision was made to push the event to August to accommodate D-League personnel.
Multiple league sources inform Upside & Motor that the Iowa Energy and Sioux Falls Skyforce will be shifted to the western conference next season. The move makes sense as the D-League is adding three expansion teams — Greensboro Swarm, Windy City Bulls and Long Island Nets — and it’s logical that those teams who be eastern conference teams due to their locations.