Bulls looking to establish D-League affiliate in Chicago suburb
Eleven NBA teams don’t have a D-League affiliate this season:
- Atlanta Hawks
- Brooklyn Nets
- Charlotte Hornets
- Chicago Bulls
- Denver Nuggets
- Los Angeles Clippers
- Milwaukee Bucks
- Minnesota Timberwolves
- New Orleans Pelicans
- Portland Trail Blazers
- Washington Wizards
Bulls statement, via Eric Peterson of the Daily Herald:
This is another step toward 30 D-League affiliates for 30 NBA teams, which seems inevitable.
The NBA can better utilize the D-League by letting parent clubs hold the exclusive NBA rights to all players on their D-League affiliates and expanding the NBA draft to fill those rosters. Then, D-League players will be more valuable to NBA teams, and salaries will rise. Fewer players will choose to play overseas instead of the D-League.
That’ll probably require 30 D-League teams.
The Bulls get us one closer. The Hawks also seem close.
After that, it’s just eight more to go.