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Nets to Run Basketball Ops of D-League's Springfield Armor

Nets Become Second NBA Team to Enter into a Single Affiliation Partnership

November 11, 2010

NEW YORKThe Springfield Armor, the New Jersey Nets, and the NBA Development League announced today that the Nets and Armor have entered into a single affiliation partnership beginning during the 2011-12 season, giving the Nets full control over the basketball operations of and making them the sole affiliate for the Armor.  The Nets are the second NBA team to enter into a single affiliation with an NBA D-League team, joining the Houston Rockets and the 2009-10 NBA D-League Champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

In a structure similar to other minor leagues, this partnership model, also referred to as the “hybrid affiliation,” allows for NBA teams to secure control over and cover the expenses related to the basketball operations of an NBA D-League team, while partnering with existing local ownership, which maintains responsibility for the team’s off-the-court business operations.

“The New Jersey Nets’ decision to enter into a single affiliation partnership with the Springfield Armor is yet another example of NBA teams understanding how integral the NBA D-League can be to their success, and an important step in our continued evolution as a true minor league for the NBA,” said NBA D-League President Dan Reed.  “With twenty percent of NBA players having used the NBA D-League as a springboard, it’s no surprise that the Nets join a growing number of NBA teams have acquired the benefits that come with a one-to-one relationship with their NBA D-League affiliate.”

“The Nets organization is very pleased to enter into this agreement with the Springfield Armor,” said Nets General Manger Billy King.  “We feel that the ‘hybrid’ arrangement will allow our basketball team to maximize its affiliation with the NBA D-League and allow Springfield to serve as a fertile training ground for our players, coaches and front office personnel, only strengthening our basketball product.”

"The Springfield Armor organization is thrilled to be entering into this single affiliation partnership with the New Jersey Nets," said Armor Managing Partner Michael Savit.  "This is the wave of the future in the NBA D-League, and we're pleased to be getting in on the ground floor as a partner with one of the NBA's most exciting teams.  It reflects very positively on the NBA D-League, our organization and the City of Springfield."

During the 2010-11 season, the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers, along with the Nets, will serve as affiliates for the Armor. 

About the NBA Development League
The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises.  For the 2010-11 season, the league will feature 16 teams – including the debut of the Texas Legends.  A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while 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, which tips off Nov. 18, fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.

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Contacts:
Alex Schwerin, Springfield Armor: (413) 746-3263, aschwerin@armorhoops.com
Gary Sussman, New Jersey Nets: (201) 635-3129, gsussman@njnets.com
Amanda Thorn, NBA D-League: (212) 407-8477,athorn@nba.com

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