With expansion of the NBA Development League into the Southeast potentially years away, the Orlando Magic have begun discussions with an existing D-League team to create a one-to-one affiliation arrangement that could begin as early as the 2014-15 season, Magic CEO Alex Martins told the Orlando Sentinel.
Magic executives want to create a hybrid relationship with a D-League team in which the Magic would run a D-League team’s basketball operations but would not own the team and would not run the business side of the team.
Having a one-to-one affiliation with a D-League team would offer several benefits to the Magic. It would enable the Magic to use the same terminology and concepts with their D-League team that they use in Orlando. That would make things easier for the Magic if they want to send young, inexperienced players to the minors in order to develop those players and keep them in game shape.
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