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Orlando Magic Looking for Single Affiliation in NBA D-League

With the New York Knicks reportedly ending their relationship after this season with the Erie BayHawks, the team looking for new affiliate of its own.


The Orlando Magic are looking for their own one-to-one affiliate in the NBA D-League, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel.

The Magic currently share an affiliation with the Charlotte Bobcats, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks and the Memphis Grizzlies.

Though the team wants to eventually bring a team to the Southeast, NBADL President Dan Reed says that's several years away. With no teams in that area, travel costs would be too much for one team. Therefore it's necessary for the league to expand with multiple teams at once, creating its own division in the process.

With Orlando wanting its own team, if Miami found a way to move its affiliate from Sioux Falls, SD (over 1,800 miles away) closer to home, it would help the Magic bring their own team home to Florida as well.

With the Erie BayHawks losing their affiliate, it's likely Orlando is in talks to become the team's next affiliate. The team's majority owner released a statement saying the BayHawks are already in talks to find a replacement for the Knicks.