2014 Affiliate Changes / Expansion Teams

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2014 Affiliate Changes / Expansion Teams 

Post#1 » by flasah » Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:24 am

The New York Knicks will leave Erie for a new Westchester, NY team:
http://nypost.com/2014/02/26/knicks-pla ... te-plains/

The Springfield Armor will move to Grand Rapids next season, a hybrid affiliation with the Pistons:
http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/ ... -leag.html

The Portland Trailblazers will end their affiliation with Idaho:
http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/02/2 ... ement.html

The Orlando Magic want a one-to-one affiliate, and Erie is now available:
http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2014/2/ ... a-d-league

The Minnesota Timberwolves want a one-to-one affiliate, maybe the Iowa Energy:
http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2014/2/ ... a-d-league

Now the Pelicans and Grizzlies want their own affiliates for next year:
https://twitter.com/stevekylerNBA/statu ... 2794262528

Maybe now Orlando and Miami can get their teams close to home. If they had teams in northern Florida, and Mem & NO had teams in Mississippi, Alabama or eastern Tennessee, you could finally have a southeastern division.
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Re: Upcoming Affiliate Changes NY/Det/Por/Orl/Min/NO/Mem 

Post#2 » by flasah » Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:41 pm

Next year's alignment looks like this so far:

Eastern Division
Canton Charge - Owned by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Delaware 87ers - Owned by the Philadelphia 76ers
Erie Bayhawks - Hybrid affiliate of the Orlando Magic
Fort Wayne Mad Ants - Multiple affiliates
Grand Rapids (formerly Springfield Armor) - Hybrid affiliate of the Detroit Pistons
Maine Red Claws - Hybrid affiliate of the Boston Celtics
Westchester - Owned by the New York Knicks

Central Division
Austin Toros - Owned by the San Antonio Spurs
Iowa Energy - Multiple affiliates (possibly Minnesota)
Rio Grande Valley Vipers - Hybrid affiliate of the Houston Rockets
Sioux Falls Skyforce - Hybrid affiliate of the Miami Heat
Texas Legends - Hybrid affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks
Tulsa 66ers - Owned by the Oklahoma City Thunder

Western Division
Bakersfield Jam - Multiple affiliates
Idaho Stampede - Available (probably multiple affiliates)
Los Angeles D-Fenders - Owned by the Los Angeles Lakers
Reno Bighorns - Hybrid affiliate of the Sacramento Kings
Santa Cruz Warriors - Owned by the Golden State Warriors

Teams interested in one-to-one affiliation:
Minnesota, New Orleans, Memphis

Other teams without a one-to-one affiliate:
Indiana, Milwaukee, Charlotte, Brooklyn, Chicago, Denver, Washington,
LA Clippers, Phoenix, Toronto, Atlanta, Utah, Portland

Updated April 27, 2014
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Re: Upcoming Affiliate Changes NY/Det/Por/Orl/Min/NO/Mem Upd 

Post#3 » by flasah » Sun Apr 27, 2014 4:06 pm

Updated the above alignment after Orlando/Erie union (http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nb ... s/7741977/)
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Re: Upcoming Affiliate Changes NY/Det/Por/Orl/Min/NO/Mem Upd 

Post#4 » by flasah » Wed Apr 30, 2014 8:24 pm

The Phoenix Suns are expected to partner with the Bakersfield Jam,
while the Utah Jazz are expected to sign with the Idaho Stampede.
http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2014/04/like ... liate.html
That would leave 14 teams to share Fort Wayne & Iowa:

Eastern Division
Canton Charge - Owned by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Delaware 87ers - Owned by the Philadelphia 76ers
Erie Bayhawks - Hybrid affiliate of the Orlando Magic
Fort Wayne Mad Ants - 13! affiliates see below
Grand Rapids Drive (formerly Springfield Armor) - Hybrid affiliate of the Detroit Pistons
Maine Red Claws - Hybrid affiliate of the Boston Celtics
Westchester Knicks - Owned by the New York Knicks

Central Division
Austin Toros - Owned by the San Antonio Spurs
Iowa Energy - Hybrid affiliate of the Memphis Grizzlies
Rio Grande Valley Vipers - Hybrid affiliate of the Houston Rockets
Sioux Falls Skyforce - Hybrid affiliate of the Miami Heat
Texas Legends - Hybrid affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks
Tulsa 66ers - Owned by the Oklahoma City Thunder

Western Division
Bakersfield Jam - Hybrid affiliate of the Phoenix Suns
Idaho Stampede - Likely hybrid affiliate of the Utah Jazz
Los Angeles D-Fenders - Owned by the Los Angeles Lakers
Reno Bighorns - Hybrid affiliate of the Sacramento Kings
Santa Cruz Warriors - Owned by the Golden State Warriors

Teams known to be interested in one-to-one affiliation:
Minnesota, New Orleans, Toronto

Other teams without a one-to-one affiliate:
Washington, Charlotte, Atlanta, Indiana, Chicago,
Milwaukee, Denver, LA Clippers, Brooklyn, Portland

Possible realignment:
East: Canton, Delaware, Erie, Maine, Westchester
North: Iowa, Sioux Falls, Fort Wayne, Grand Rapids
South (Central): Austin, RGV, Texas, Tulsa
West: Bakersfield, Idaho, LAD, Reno, Santa Cruz
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Re: Upcoming Affiliate Changes NY/Det/Por/Orl/Min/NO/Mem Upd 

Post#5 » by flasah » Tue May 6, 2014 8:02 pm

The Iowa Energy have signed an affiliation deal with the Memphis Grizzlies:
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/ ... d/8737929/
They had three other offers that all required relocation, one to another country (presumably Canada)

Kinda awkward for Fort Wayne now, being shared by 13 affiliates.
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Re: Upcoming Affiliate Changes NY/Det/Por/Orl/Min/NO/Mem Upd 

Post#6 » by flasah » Fri May 9, 2014 1:47 am

Phoenix/Bakersfield almost done: http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/n ... e/8870125/

Fort Wayne and Idaho left, with Idaho expected to sign with Utah.
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Re: Upcoming Affiliate Changes NY/Det/Por/Orl/Min/NO/Mem Upd 

Post#7 » by flasah » Wed May 14, 2014 10:22 pm

New York's D-League team will be known as the Westchester Knicks
http://www.nba.com/dleague/westchester/ ... 40514.html
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Re: 2014 Affiliate Changes / Expansion Teams 

Post#8 » by flasah » Tue Jun 10, 2014 8:05 pm

Utah/Idaho affiliation now official
http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2014/06/jazz ... ation.html

NBA expected to limit assignments due to Fort Wayne's 13 affiliates.
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Re: 2014 Affiliate Changes / Expansion Teams 

Post#9 » by flasah » Tue Jun 17, 2014 8:41 pm

Grand Rapids Drive is the name of the Pistons' new affiliate.
http://www.nba.com/dleague/news/detroit ... 06_17.html
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Re: 2014 Affiliate Changes / Expansion Teams 

Post#10 » by TurboTitan » Sun Jul 13, 2014 5:27 am

go drive! cant wait to watch them
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Re: 2014 Affiliate Changes / Expansion Teams 

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Re: 2014 Affiliate Changes / Expansion Teams 

Post#12 » by godkingleonidas » Thu Jul 31, 2014 5:11 am

Toronto needs its own D-League franchise but ownershipmis too (insert here) to realize it. :banghead:

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Re: 2014 Affiliate Changes / Expansion Teams 

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Re: 2014 Affiliate Changes / Expansion Teams 

Post#14 » by flasah » Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:51 pm

WTF! The Tulsa 66ers become the Oklahoma City Blue?!
http://news.sportslogos.net/2014/09/24/ ... o-thunder/

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