Hawks getting their own D-League affiliate
The Hawks are the latest team to secure a D-League affiliate.
They also might wind up the last to actually get one.
D-League expansion is happening rapidly. Just eight NBA teams – Hawks, Nuggets, Clippers, Bucks, Timberwolves, Pelicans, Trail Blazers and Wizards – lack an affiliate. Denver will get one next season, and other teams probably aren’t far behind.
If the Hawks wait until 2019, other teams – maybe even all seven – could jump ahead to get affiliates sooner.
The new Collective Bargaining Agreement is increasing the advantage of having an affiliate, allowing for two-way contracts. It’s only a matter of time until all 30 NBA teams have their own affiliate.