New Jersey Nets to Run Springfield Armor

Guard Tre Whitted averaged 8.9 points for Springfield last year (Photo by Rich Obrey, Getty Images).

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Single Affiliation Partnership to Begin in 2011

The Springfield Armor of the NBA Development League announced on Thursday that the Massachusetts based franchise will go into a single affiliation partnership with the New Jersey Nets prior to the tipoff of the 2011-12 season. The Nets will assume full control of basketball operations for the Armor, also becoming the lone affiliate of the team after currently sharing that direct association with the Philadelphia 76ers and New York Knicks.

“The New Jersey Nets’ decision to enter into a single affiliation partnership with the Springfield Armor is yet another example of NBA teams understanding how integral the NBA D-League can be to their success, and an important step in our continued evolution as a true minor league for the NBA,” NBA D-League President Dan Reed stated. “With twenty percent of NBA players having used the NBA D-League as a springboard, it’s no surprise that the Nets join a growing number of NBA teams that have acquired the benefits of a one-to-one relationship with their NBA D-League affiliate.”

Commonly referred to as a hybrid affiliation, the Nets will take over expenses related to basketball operations in Springfield, while the Armor will continue to manage its off-the-court expenses.

"The Springfield Armor organization is thrilled to be entering into this single affiliation partnership with the New Jersey Nets," said Michael Savit, Managing Partner for the Armor. "This is the wave of the future in the NBA D-League, and we're pleased to be getting in on the ground floor as a partner with one of the NBA's most exciting teams. It reflects very positively on the NBA D-League, our organization and the City of Springfield."

Nets General Manager Billy King also voiced his excitement about the partnership.

“The Nets organization is very pleased to enter into this agreement with the Springfield Armor,” he remarked. “We feel that the hybrid arrangement will allow our basketball team to maximize its affiliation with the NBA D-League, and allow Springfield to serve as a fertile training ground for our players, coaches and front office personnel, only strengthening our basketball product.”

The Nets are the second NBA franchise to step into sole affiliation with an NBA D-League club, joining the Houston Rockets and Rio Grande Valley Raptors, which are the defending NBA D-League Champions.

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