ENERGY, CHICAGO BULLS CONTINUE AFFILIATION
Iowa Adds Two New Affiliates as Washington Wizards & New Orleans Hornets Replace Phoenix Suns

DES MOINES, IA, July 7, 2011 –The Iowa Energy will remain NBA D-League affiliates of the Chicago Bulls for the 5th consecutive season, the team announced today. Iowa will change their affiliation with the Phoenix Suns, working instead with both the Washington Wizards and the New Orleans Hornets going forward.

“Our relationship with Chicago is as strong as ever, and the natural geographical synergies are accompanied by a great working relationship,” said Energy GM Chris Makris. “We are also excited to work with the Wizards and the Hornets. Both teams have expressed a desire to utilize the D-League, and both really wanted to work with the Energy specifically. This is a very positive step for our organization as we attempt to defend the title.”

An all-time high nine NBA teams will have single NBA D-League affiliates – more than double last season’s total of four – including first-year partnerships between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Canton, the Golden State Warriors and Dakota Wizards, the New Jersey Nets and Springfield Armor and the New York Knicks and Erie BayHawks, along with the return of the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the Los Angeles Lakers’ single affiliate. The increase in single-affiliations will mean seven D-League teams will have three NBA partners each.

The NBA D-League continues to be a launching pad for NBA talent – 23 percent of all NBA players on 2010-11 end-of-season rosters have played in the NBA D-League, while 27 of the 60 players selected in the 2010 NBA Draft played in the NBA D-League last season.

2011-12 NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE TEAM AFFILIATIONS:

AUSTIN TOROS (TX)
San Antonio Spurs

BAKERSFIELD JAM (CA)
Los Angeles Clippers
Phoenix Suns
Toronto Raptors

CANTON (OH)
Cleveland Cavaliers

DAKOTA WIZARDS (Bismarck, ND)
Golden State Warriors

ERIE BAYHAWKS (PA)
New York Knicks

FORT WAYNE MAD ANTS (IN)
Detroit Pistons
Indiana Pacers
Milwaukee Bucks

IDAHO STAMPEDE (Boise, ID)
Denver Nuggets
Portland Trail Blazers
Utah Jazz

IOWA ENERGY (Des Moines, IA)
Chicago Bulls
New Orleans Hornets
Washington Wizards

LOS ANGELES D-FENDERS (CA)
Los Angeles Lakers

MAINE RED CLAWS (Portland, ME)
Boston Celtics
Charlotte Bobcats
Philadelphia 76ers

RENO BIGHORNS (NV)
Atlanta Hawks
Memphis Grizzlies
Sacramento Kings

RIO GRANDE VALLEY VIPERS (TX)
Houston Rockets

SIOUX FALLS SKYFORCE (SD)
Miami Heat
Minnesota Timberwolves
Orlando Magic

SPRINGFIELD ARMOR (MA)
New Jersey Nets

TEXAS LEGENDS (Frisco, TX)
Dallas Mavericks

TULSA 66ERS (OK)
Oklahoma City Thunder


About the NBA Development League:

The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league. Featuring 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the NBA D-League is a proven developer of talent: 23 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2010-11 season boasted NBA D-League experience, and the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the league’s 10th season, fans could watch all NBA D-League games on NBA FUTURECAST, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.