Magic reach deal with Erie to be exclusive NBDL affiliate

The Erie BayHawks of the NBDL will be the exclusive affiliate of the Orlando Magic.

The Orlando Magic announced Monday an agreement in which the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League will become their exclusive affiliate.

The agreement will begin with the upcoming season and is scheduled to run through 2016-17. The Magic had a working arrangement last season with the D-League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants, but that was shared with five other NBA teams. Prior to that, they had a similar set-up with the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

The partnership, also referred to as a ''hybrid affiliation,'' is the eighth of its kind in the NBA D-League and allows an NBA team to control the NBA D-League team's basketball operations, while the existing local ownership maintains primary responsibility for the team’s off-the-court business operations and community initiatives.

''We are looking forward to a mutually beneficial partnership with the BayHawks,'' Orlando Magic Chief Executive Officer Alex Martins said in a statement. ''We feel this hybrid relationship will further assist our efforts in regards to developing NBA talent, while providing Erie with a team they can be proud of. I would like to thank Steve Demetriou. His vision and values fit very well with ours and we are excited about this exclusive affiliation.''

The agreement makes the Magic the 16th NBA team to have a one-to-one affiliation with a D-League team. Seven NBA teams own and run their own D-League affiliates.

The Magic haven't sent any players to the D-League since the 2010-11 season. They signed two players from the league during the second half of last season, including Dewayne Dedmon, who started at center for the final six games in place of the injured Nikola Vucevic.

The BayHawks, who just finished their sixth season in Erie, have previously been affiliated with the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors and have produced four NBA D-League All-Stars and developed 11 players who earned call-ups to the NBA. They have also welcomed 15 NBA players on assignment, including Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rockets and Danny Green of the San Antonio Spurs.

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