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NBA announces affiliations with NBA Development League for 2013-14 Season

Memphis Grizzlies to be affiliated with Fort Wayne Mad Ants

MEMPHIS, July 15, 2013 – The National Basketball Association and the NBA Development League (D-League), the official minor league of the NBA, today announced the affiliation system for the 2013-14 season. The Memphis Grizzlies will be affiliated with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants for this upcoming season, along with the Charlotte Bobcats, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic. Last year’s affiliate for the Grizzlies, the Reno Bighorns, recently entered into a single-affiliation partnership with the Sacramento Kings.

For the ninth consecutive year, each NBA team has one NBA D-League team to which it may assign players. During the 2012-13 season, the NBA D-League saw all-time highs in NBA player assignments (184) and individual players assigned (58) from their NBA parent clubs.  Twenty six players drafted in 2012 spent time on assignment in the NBA D-League, including 11 first round selections.  Jeremy Lamb, selected 12th overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kendall Marshall, the 13th overall selection by the Phoenix Suns, headlined the group of 2012 NBA Draft picks to play in the NBA D-League last season. 

For the second season, NBA players in the first three years of their NBA careers may be assigned to their NBA D-League affiliate an unlimited number of times, according to the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement, while for the third consecutive year, players beyond the first three years of their NBA careers may be assigned to their NBA D-League affiliate with their consent and the consent of the NBA Players Association.  Last season, the NBA D-League saw veterans Amar’e Stoudemire (New York Knicks, Erie BayHawks) and Keyon Dooling (Memphis Grizzlies, Bighorns) take advantage of NBA D-League assignments to rehabilitate injuries or further develop their games. 

“We're excited that nearly half of the NBA has now acquired an exclusive NBA D-League affiliation, which demonstrates how important the NBA D-League has become for player, coach, and staff development," said Dan Reed, NBA D-League President. "Once again we look forward to providing an effective 'farm system' benefiting all 30 NBA teams, current NBA players at all stages of their careers, and top NBA prospects aspiring to achieve their NBA dreams."

Of the 17 NBA D-League teams playing during the 2013-14 season, six are fully owned and operated by their NBA affiliates: the Austin Toros (San Antonio Spurs), Canton Charge (Cleveland Cavaliers), Delaware 87ers (Philadelphia 76ers), Los Angeles D-Fenders (Los Angeles Lakers), Santa Cruz Warriors (Golden State Warriors), and Tulsa 66ers (Oklahoma City Thunder).  The Erie BayHawks (New York Knicks), Idaho Stampede (Portland Trail Blazers), Maine Red Claws (Boston Celtics), Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Houston Rockets), Reno Bighorns (Sacramento Kings), Sioux Falls Skyforce (Miami Heat) and Springfield Armor (Brooklyn Nets) are the seven NBA D-League teams with ‘hybrid’ single-affiliation partnerships, where NBA teams control the NBA D-League affiliates’ basketball operations.  The Dallas Mavericks remain solely affiliated with the Texas Legends. 

The remaining three NBA D-League teams will have five or six NBA parent teams: Bakersfield Jam (Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz), Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Charlotte, Detroit, Indiana, Memphis, Milwaukee, Orlando), Iowa Energy (Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Washington Wizards).