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Minnesota Timberwolves D-League affiliate Iowa Energy change name to Iowa Wolves


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Energy has changed their name to the Iowa Wolves, reflecting Minnesota’s recent purchase of the D-League franchise.

The Timberwolves made the announcement Tuesday at Wells Fargo Arena, the 14,000-seat arena where the franchise has played since its inception in 2007.

With Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau in attendance, the Timberwolves unveiled their new affiliate’s logo and colors. The Wolves’ colors are navy blue and bright green, much like Minnesota’s new identity, with a secondary logo featuring an outline of the state of Iowa and a large “W” in the middle.

The D-League has added 10 teams in the last 30 months and will have a league-record 26 teams in 2017-18, when it will be known as the NBA Gatorade or G-League.