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Old 11-14-2016, 08:13 AM
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Default Hawks to start a team in 2019-2020

http://dleague.nba.com/news/atlanta-...t-league-team/

They are building a new 3500 seat arena in nearby College Park, less than 10 miles from downtown.

Still waiting on a couple other teams to develop in the Southeast. Who is next?
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Old 11-14-2016, 10:02 AM
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Also from the AJC in Atlanta

http://www.ajc.com/news/local-govt--...EdE6V6ASdrdQL/
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Old 11-17-2016, 07:11 PM
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Orlando's team starts in 2017-18. I wonder if Miami will ditch Sioux Falls for a team in South Florida?
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Old 11-18-2016, 07:55 AM
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So looks like in the Southeast you will have the Hornets, Hawks, Magic and potentially the Pelicans and Heat eventually. Not sure on the Memphis Grizzlies status, but maybe they could drop Iowa for a closer location.

I would imagine that most of these teams would ideally like to own or at least manage the day to day operations of the D-League franchises.
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Old 11-19-2016, 07:52 AM
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And then, when the D-League is as far-flung as the NBA with maybe 5% of the income...

...follow the (lack of) money.
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Old 11-21-2016, 08:04 AM
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And then, when the D-League is as far-flung as the NBA with maybe 5% of the income...

...follow the (lack of) money.
It is different when you own you own team or even own arena like the Hawks. They are investing in something that will pay for itself over time. These NBA teams can afford to have the D-League team across the country. It not like they expect to make a ton of profit off the teams.

It is a different model from the MLB model. To me, we will see a change when the guys stop doing the one and done in college and just spend their one season in the D-League instead. It will really take off then. Also, with closer located teams, I would like to see veteran players on rehab assignments more. This should be the case with a team like the Hawks where both the NBA team and the affiliate are in the same major city.
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