STAMPEDE ADD SONICS AS AFFILIATE

SUPERSONICS TO BE STAMPEDE NBA AFFILIATE

Idaho will now develop both Seattle and Utah first and second round picks

BOISE, IDAHO (June 8, 2006) – The National Basketball Association has announced that the Seattle SuperSonics will become the Idaho Stampede’s second NBA affiliate, joining the Utah Jazz. The announcement also revealed the affiliations for the other eleven NBA Development League teams for the 2006-2007 season.

“The Stampede are pleased to have Seattle as an affiliate team and feel that they will complement the Utah Jazz affiliation, “said Stampede General Manager Steve Brandes. “Fans now have the opportunity to see the future of two regional NBA franchises as first and second round draft picks from both teams will be playing at Qwest Arena in downtown Boise.”

Currently, Seattle retains the rights to the 10th overall pick in the upcoming NBA draft along with the 40th and 53rd picks. Utah holds the 14th, 46th, and 47th picks. The draft will be held June 28th at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The 2006-07 D-League roster of 12 teams will be composed of the Albuquerque Thunderbirds (N.M.), Anaheim (Calif.), Arkansas RimRockers (Little Rock), Austin Toros (Texas), Bakersfield Jam (Calif.), Colorado 14ers (Broomfield), Dakota Wizards (Bismarck, N.D.), Fort Worth Flyers (Texas), Idaho Stampede (Boise), Los Angeles, Sioux Falls Skyforce (S.D.) and Tulsa 66ers (Okla.). Two divisions of six teams will be announced prior to the release of the 2006-07 schedule.