Skyforce Remains Affiliated With Timberwolves, HEAT For 2010-11 Season

Sioux Falls, S.D. (June 29, 2009) – The Sioux Falls Skyforce announced today that they will continue to serve as the NBA Development League affiliate of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami HEAT for the 2010-11 season. The affiliation system allows Minnesota and Miami to assign players in their first or second season to Sioux Falls.

Sioux Falls has been affiliated with Minnesota in each of their four seasons in the NBA D-League. Minnesota has assigned four players since the assignment system was created prior to the 2005-06 season. Dwayne Jones (26 games) and Bracey Wright (30 games) were assigned to the Florida Flame in 2005-06. Chris Richard (10.2 points, 11.5 rebounds, six games) was the first Wolves player assigned to Sioux Falls in 2007-08 while Nathan Jawai (8.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, four games) was assigned this past season.

Sioux Falls will also continue their affiliation with Miami for a second straight season. Miami has assigned four players since the assignment system was instituted. Earl Barron (six games) and Dorell Wright (six games) were assigned to the Florida Flame in 2005-06 while Joel Anthony (three games) and Daequan Cook (three games) were assigned to the Iowa Energy in 2007-08.

Following is the list of players from Miami and Minnesota that are eligible to be assigned to the Skyforce this upcoming season:

NameNBA TeamYears
De'Sean Butler*Miami HEATR
Kenny HasbrouckMiami HEATR
Dexter Pittman*Miami HEAT1
Jarvis Varnado*Miami HEATR
Nemanja Bjelica*Minnesota TimberwolvesR
Wayne EllingtonMinnesota Timberwolves1
Jonny FlynnMinnesota Timberwolves1
Lazar Hayward*Minnesota TimberwolvesR
Wesley Johnson*Minnesota TimberwolvesR
Paulo Prestes*Minnesota TimberwolvesR
Greg StiemsmaMinnesota TimberwolvesR

* – Unsigned Draft Pick

Season tickets are now on sale for the 2009-10 season. For information please contact a Skyforce representative at (605) 332-0605.