Stampede a three-team D-League affiliate with Denver, Portland, Utah

BOISE, Idaho, July 7, 2011 – The Idaho Stampede have been named the NBA Development League affiliate of the NBA’s Utah Jazz, the Stampede, Jazz and league offices announced today. In addition to the Stampede’s affiliation with the Jazz, the Stampede will keep its affiliations already held with the Denver Nuggets (2009-present) and Portland Trail Blazers (2007-present).

The Stampede were previously an affiliate of the Jazz during the 2006-07 season. The Stampede have also been affiliates of the Seattle SuperSonics (2006-2008) and Toronto Raptors (2008-09).

“Many Stampede fans are also Utah Jazz fans, dating back from their first days in Utah, to the great years under Jerry Sloan and now as they fight for an NBA championship in a new era,” Stampede President and GM Steve Brandes said. “We have always viewed the Jazz as one of the most successful organizations in any sport; their ownership, basketball operations and business sides have all been a consistent winner throughout the years. We wish to draw upon their success as we move into our 15th year in minor league basketball.”

The Jazz have been an NBA club since 1974 when the team was established in New Orleans. The team was moved to Salt Lake City in 1979 and the Jazz have been one of the winningest teams in the NBA ever since, primarily under the ownership of the Miller family, which bought the team outright in 1986. The Jazz have made two NBA Finals, coming in 1997 and ’98.

“Our relationships with the Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets have been successful since we began our affiliations with them,” Brandes said. “Having a third respected, well-run organization as one of our parent clubs will only add that much more value to our team and business staff.”

Since moving to Salt Lake City, the Utah Jazz have made the playoffs 24 times, won eight division titles, had a two-time NBA MVP and have had four players win gold medals in the Summer Olympics.

“I’m thrilled that the coaches and I will get to work with the Jazz basketball operations office and coaching staff,” Stampede Head Coach Randy Livingston said. “I was lucky enough to play for the Utah Jazz in my NBA career and I can say that the Jazz are one of the best, most professional clubs in the NBA.”