ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Orlando Magic officials say they’re entering a three-year deal which designates the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League as the NBA club’s minor league affiliate.
Orlando is now the 16th NBA team to have a one-to-one affiliation with an NBA D-League team.
The deal allows the Magic to run the BayHawks’ basketball operations while the minor league franchise’s local owners continue to oversee off-the-court business including ticket sales, marketing and community initiatives.
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Magic chief executive officer Alex Martins says he expects the relationship with Erie to further assist Orlando’s efforts to develop NBA talent.
NBA D-League President Dan Reed says the agreement demonstrates the minor league’s ”increasing significance.”
The NBA D-League, which has operated for 13 seasons, had 36 players called up to the NBA during the 2013-14 season.