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Silver mentioned that one of the most important factors in bringing the NBA abroad is whether the host city’s venue can support the teams. Silver pointed to Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico as being a “state-of-the-art facility” that could host a D-League team in the future. Raul Zarraga, managing director of NBA Mexico said Thursday that it’s time for the country to start developing NBA-caliber players and the league needs “to work more closely with local authorities to see how we can grow the basketball professionally to find new players that in the future can play in the NBA. Silver agreed, saying the plan now is to start an NBA development academy in Mexico.

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The Orlando Magic’s D-League affiliate is asking fans to help name its team that will play in Lakeland starting in the 2017-18 season. Ideas for team names can be submitted at from January 9 - January 20. The first person to submit the selected winning name will receive two season tickets for the inaugural 2017-18 season. In addition, the first 10 people to participate in the contest will receive a pair of opening night tickets for the inaugural 2017-18 Lakeland D-League season.
On Dec. 14, the Orlando Magic and the NBA Development League announced that the Magic purchased the Erie BayHawks with plans to relocate the team to Lakeland, Florida, to begin play during the 2017-18 season. With the purchase, the Magic became the 17th NBA team to own and operate their NBA D-League affiliate. The franchise, which will be owned and operated by the Orlando Magic, will play its 24 home games at The Lakeland Center. Season ticket deposits for the 2017-18 season are now being accepted by calling 407-447-2210 or logging on to
Chris Reichert: The Orlando Magic have chosen Lakeland Center for their D-League affiliate's location, per @Brady_Fred. Now will be interesting to see what happens with Erie BayHawks, who are current D-League affiliate for the Orlando Magic. #NBADL
In an interview with The Journal Times last week, Peter Feigin, the president of the Bucks, said the organization intended to make a decision by Thanksgiving on the location of their planned D-League team. Feigin said Racine, Oshkosh and Sheboygan all remained in the hunt. But Monday night, after the Bucks’ game against the Orlando Magic at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Feigin wasn’t optimistic about the team reaching a decision by Thursday. “I don’t think we’re going to do it by then,’’ Feigin said while leaving the building.
Spearheading Sheboygan’s mission to garner the Bucks’ D-League is Joe Wolf, who is considered by some the greatest high school basketball player ever in Wisconsin. Wolf played in the NBA, including one season with the Bucks, and later was an assistant coach for the team. He is also familiar with the D-League, having been the head coach of the Idaho Stampede and Colorado 14ers. “No news,’’ Wolf said Tuesday about whether Bucks officials had contacted him about the D-League situation. And Dickert said on Tuesday night, “We haven’t heard anything from them (the Bucks).’’
The Milwaukee Bucks appear on the brink of determining the location of their new NBA Development League team. Bucks president Peter Feigin told The Journal Times in late June that the organization had whittled the list of cities under consideration for its new D-League team to Racine, Oshkosh and Sheboygan. Now, almost five months later, Feigin said, “all three cities are still in the mix’’ and added, “We’re expecting to make a decision before Thanksgiving.’’
“We anticipate there will be people at all levels, not just local investors,’’ Dickert said. Dickert wouldn’t disclose the names of any potential investors, but did confirm Racine native and two-time NBA All-Star Caron Butler could be a part of a consortium of investors. Butler has consistently been involved in Racine community activities and said several years ago in a Journal Times report that he wanted to eventually do something significant for his hometown.
The Orlando Magic are likely to choose the location for their Florida-based NBA Development League affiliate within a month, Magic CEO Alex Martins told the Orlando Sentinel. The Magic are negotiating with two finalists: Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee and The Lakeland Center in Lakeland. Martins said the Magic hope to decide "within the next 30 days."
“It’s good shit, man. And now it’s gone.” Paul Waldon followed the familiar path to his courtside box suite as he said this. Along the Idaho Stampede side of the baseline, it was the same spot he’d had as a season-ticket holder from day one. Waldon brought his Stampede game program from November 14, 1997, to commemorate tonight’s contest. He’d given this quite some consideration – maybe he should rock his 2008 D-League championship hat, instead – but in the end he settled on the inaugural program with the first-ever Stampede roster card, the numbers and names of players aligned both alphabetically and numerically. The program was a sign that, for Waldon, this was a special event. Tonight’s game against the Santa Cruz Warriors wasn’t just the regular season finale; he was sure it was going to be the final game in team history.
The NBA Development League and the Sacramento Kings today announced that the team has acquired a controlling interest in the NBA D-League’s Reno Bighorns. With the purchase, the Kings become the 15th NBA team to own and operate its NBA D-League affiliate. “With today’s purchase, half of NBA teams now own and operate their NBA D-League affiliate – an important milestone that proves how essential developing top young NBA talent has become,” said NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner. “I’m thrilled to welcome Vivek Ranadivé and the Sacramento Kings’ ownership group to the NBA D-League family and want to thank Herb Santos for his integral role in Bighorns basketball.”
The Nuggets are likely to get back into the D-League business next season, according to league sources. But nothing has been decided or is imminent. Right now, the Nuggets are not affiliated with a team but can assign players to a D-League team connected to another NBA team. It has been seven years since the Nuggets last had a D-League team all to themselves. Those were the Colorado 14ers, a team that relocated to Frisco, Texas, in 2009 and became the Texas Legends. The Legends are affiliated with the Dallas Mavericks and are coached by former Nugget Eduardo Najera.
Currently, 14 teams own and operate their D-League affiliates outright. Seven are in “hybrid” partnerships, which means the NBA team runs the basketball ops of the D-League team, but local ownership runs the business. It’s unclear which direction the Nuggets would go. The Nuggets are among a group that includes Milwaukee, Atlanta, Washington and the L.A. Clippers that all could have singly affiliated D-League teams in the next few years.
The Orlando Magic likely will select a site for their Florida-based NBA Development League affiliate within the next 30 days, Magic CEO Alex Martins told the Orlando Sentinel. Kissimmee’s Silver Spurs Arena and The Lakeland Center are the two finalists the Magic are considering. “We’re still in final discussions with both, and both have been asked to address some specific issues that we need answers for and direction on,” Martins said. “I believe that within the next 30 days we’ll have a decision made.”
Bucks president Peter Feigin said five cities from Wisconsin have submitted bids to become the home of the team’s new D-League team. They are Racine, Sheboygan, Green Bay, Oshkosh and La Crosse. The Sheboygan contingent is being spearheaded by Kohler native and former NBA player Joe Wolf. Feigin said the Bucks expect to select a city “in the next six to eight weeks.’’ The Bucks plan to have a team in place for the 2017-2018 season.
The La Crosse Center may have a need for an upgraded facility in order to compete for a pro basketball team. WXOW 19 has learned that La Crosse Center officials have approached the Milwaukee Bucks about being the home for their new developmental league affiliate. The Bucks are one of eight NBA teams that does not have a D-League team at the moment. They're looking to add one and they'd like it to be in Wisconsin.
The talks are very preliminary. The Bucks' goal is to have a team in place by fall of 2017. There are other cities in contention. In fact, Oshkosh is making a strong push. Madison, Green Bay, Racine and Kenosha are reportedly under consideration as well.
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.
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.
The Los Angeles Clippers are looking into starting an expansion D-League affiliate in Bakersfield, CA, multiple league sources have told Upside & Motor. With the ever-growing popularity of the NBADL and expanding uses for NBA clubs, this isn’t all that surprising and the Clippers experiences with their assignees this season may spurn this move forward.
Chris Reichert: Bakersfield wants an expansion team there to replace the team they lost. The Los Angeles Clippers are the logical candidate... To clarify, I meant the LA Clippers are logical candidate to add expansion NBADL team in Bakersfield.
According to a league source, the last two expansion teams in the NBADL cost the NBA club approximately $7 million. That’s chump change for an NBA franchise looking to add a viable minor league system moving forward. The D-League had 19 teams this year and there will be three new teams next season in Greensboro, NC (Charlotte), Hoffman Estates, IL (Chicago) and New York, NY (Brooklyn) — each team is now affiliated with an NBA club, so the movement is clear and it’s time for the Blazers to get back on the ship.
Seeing the Suns organization play in state will not be limited to Phoenix any longer. The Suns are taking full control of their D-League operation by placing an affiliate team in Prescott Valley at the 10-year-old Prescott Valley Event Center. The team will base all operations at the arena and begin play next season, making the Suns one of 19 NBA teams that will have single-affiliation D-League clubs in their metro areas or a drive away next season. The Suns’ D-League affiliates previously have been located in Bakersfield, Calif. (since 2011), Des Moines and Albuquerque. For the past two seasons, the Suns had a hybrid ownership with the Bakersfield Jam in which the Suns financed and controlled basketball operations while the Jam’s pre-existing owners handled business operations.
With a D-League site 92 miles away from Talking Stick Resort Arena, the Suns will be able to use its affiliate more often. The Suns usually prefer to have rookies and young players practice with the Suns to get accustomed to the system, teammates and coaches but a nearby affiliate will give them chances to play D-League games even as they continue practicing with the Suns or have players on assignment return to Phoenix easily if the Suns have an injured veteran.
Jody Genessy: It's official: The Utah Jazz have recalled their D-League team from Boise, Idaho. The Idaho Stampede is now the Salt Lake City Stars.
Anthony Puccio: New Long Island Nets jerseys.
The Long Island Nets, the Nets new D-League affiliate, will hold a press conference ahead of the Nets’ Thursday, game against the Cavaliers at Barclays Center to unveil the team’s new logo, colors and uniforms. Brett Yormark, CEO, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Sean Marks, the Nets General and Malcolm Turner, President, NBA Development League, will be on hand for the 6:30 p.m. announcement.
The Orlando Magic will choose among four potential venues as the home site for their Florida-based NBA Development League affiliate. The possible locations are ESPN Wide World of Sports’ HP Field House, Kissimmee’s Silver Spurs Arena, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena and The Lakeland Center, Magic CEO Alex Martins told the Orlando Sentinel. Officials representing each location have informed the Magic they intend to submit proposals, Martins said.
A team spokesman said the Magic sent requests for proposals today to eight potential locations to serve as a home base for the team. Four of the potential locations are in Central Florida: Daytona Beach, which has the Ocean Center arena; Kissimmee (Silver Spurs Arena); Orlando at ESPN Wide World of Sports (HP Field House) and Orlando at UCF (CFE Arena). The others are: Lakeland (The Lakeland Center); Estero (Germain Arena); Fort Myers (Lee Civic Center) and Jacksonville (Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena).
The arrangement between the Magic and the BayHawks is known as a “hybrid” agreement: The Magic run the BayHawks’ basketball operations — including the hiring of coaches and the acquisition of players — but do not own the team and do not run the business side of the team. The Magic and BayHawks are in the second year of a three-year agreement that will end following the 2016-17 season.
The Charlotte Hornets will reveal the name and logo of their new NBA D-League franchise on Tuesday, December 29, during the intermission between the women’s and men’s championship games of the 40th Anniversary HAECO Invitational presented by NewBridge Bank at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex Special Events Center. The on-court unveiling will take place at approximately 6:45 p.m. and will feature Hornets players and executives, as well as Hugo the Hornet, the Honey Bees and special guests. The new D-League team will begin play with the 2016-17 season and will host 24 home games at the Pavilion at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, which will be renovated into a basketball fieldhouse.
The Chicago Bulls Thursday announced that they have whittled potential names for the new NBA Development League team down to three. The three finalists are: Great Lakes Bulls, Heartland Bulls, Windy City Bulls. According to rules the Bulls established, the name must in ends in “Bulls.” Community pride, geographic location and community pride are other criteria.
The Bulls scheduled a 2 p.m. news conference Wednesday with Hoffman Estates representatives after the village board approved the team's plan to start a Development League franchise there for the 2016-17 season. Though the agreement isn't finalized, the team is expected to win approval for games to be played at Sears Centre.
Mike Mazzeo: Nets make D-League announcement official. As reported they'll play in Barclays Center next year and then Nassau Coliseum for the future in 2017-18 and beyond. They'll be called the Long Island Nets.
The Nets will return to the NBA’s Development League next season. After spending two years without an affiliate, the Nets will resume control of one next season, sources said. An official announcement will come Friday. Nets and Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark let the cat out of the bag Thursday morning at the groundbreaking of the renovation of Nassau Coliseum, saying there would be a “major announcement” about professional basketball coming to the Coliseum in the future.
The Bulls finally could develop strong ties with the NBA Development League. The team confirmed it's trying to establish a franchise that would play at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates starting in the 2016-17 season. The village board must approve the plan at a Nov. 2 meeting. "Playing in the NBA's official minor league, a Bulls NBADL team will create tremendous opportunities to promote the game in our surrounding communities, extend the reach of the Bulls and deepen our integration with the community," the team said in a statement. "(It will also) establish a developmental program that will benefit our younger players in an atmosphere consistent with our NBA program."
KC Johnson: Bulls confirm @dailyherald report they're seeking to establish Development League franchise in Hoffman Estates for 2016-17 season. Statement: "A Bulls NBADL team will create tremendous opportunities to promote the game of basketball in our surrounding communities." Bulls historically have rarely utilized Development League. Let affiliation with Iowa Energy lapse. Starting their own intriguing option.
The NBA Development League and Hornets Sports & Entertainment today announced that the Charlotte Hornets have acquired the right to own and operate an NBA D-League team. The team will be located in Greensboro, N.C., and will play its 24 home games at the Pavilion at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, which will be renovated into a basketball fieldhouse, beginning with the 2016-17 season. With the purchase, the Hornets become the record 11th NBA team to fully own and operate its NBA D-League affiliate, while the NBA D-League expands to a record 20 teams.
“This is an important step for our franchise. Having our own team will allow us to use the NBA D-League in a more efficient and worthwhile way. By operating our own club, it will be a seamless transition for our players, coaches and front office when we assign a player because the NBA D-League team will follow the same principles and run the same sets as the Hornets,” said Hornets Sports & Entertainment Chairman Michael Jordan. "Placing the team in Greensboro also allows us to expand the Hornets’ brand to another city in our region that has a great basketball tradition.”
The Charlotte Hornets have chosen Greensboro as the host city for a new professional basketball minor-league team in the expanding NBA Development League. A formal announcement is expected Tuesday at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, but officials with the Hornets and the D-league, as it’s called, have confirmed the move.
Tim Bontemps: King says the goal is to have a D-League team by next season. Says they'll make an announcement when they have one to make.
Wizards and Mystics owner Ted Leonsis said Wednesday that he hopes to purchase a D-League franchise and have it play home games at the complex’s 5,000-seat arena as NBA teams continue investing in its minor-league partner. “We will now start serious discussions about can we get an expansion team,” Leonsis said. “We know where we can put it and I think it would work great here. I think 5,000-seat arena that tickets can be priced correctly in the marketplace. It’s close enough to Verizon but can still be programmed and marketed separately.”
Sources close to the process expect more D-League teams next season. A new one for Toronto was added this year and with more funds coming into the NBA by way of the new media rights deal, there seems to be more appetite from NBA parent teams in spending the money to have their own team.
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