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Report: Raptors in talks with Rochester team, would add them to D-League

Aug 13, 2014, 4:51 PM EST

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It’s become a growing trend — 17 NBA teams have set up single affiliations with D-League teams. It’s a step toward a true minor league development system for the NBA (although the NBA owners still prefer that the colleges do that work because then they don’t have to pay for it).

The latest may be the Toronto Raptors and the Rochester RazorSharks, who currently play in another league but would be moved. TimeWarnerCable news out of Rochester has the story (hat tip CBS’ Eye on Basketball).

The Rochester RazorSharks basketball team is in talks with the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, according to sources within the RazorSharks front office, who said the Raptors are looking for an NBA Developmental League affiliate.

The RazorSharks were champions of the Premier Basketball League last season, a nine-team league located mostly around the Great Lakes and in the upper Midwest.

The bottom line is the RazorSharks have the infrastructure in place and could be converted to a D-League team. A lot of the single-affiliation teams are set up so the NBA teams completely controls the basketball operations while the local team handles everything on the business side.

Toronto has young players to develop (not to mention young coaches and more who could use the seasoning). I expect they will get a D-League team, either in Rochester or somewhere else.

  1. RavenzGunnerz - Aug 13, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Really? They can’t find a Canadian city to add it to? How about Brampton? I mean, come on Raps.

  2. buffalowned - Aug 13, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Make this happen. Western NY has great sports fans and I know plenty of people that would go to these games.

  3. jcmeyer10 - Aug 13, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    I think this is fantastic. Baseball is what it is but it gets the minor league system right.

  4. philyeagles5 - Aug 13, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Bring a team back to Syracuse

  5. udkidd - Aug 14, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    I am still confused about the NBA D-league system. The D-leaguer can be signed by any NBA team without compensating the NBA team that sponsers the D-league team he plays for? Can D-league players be traded? How come Antetokounmpo (older brother) played for the 87ers and was drafted by the Knicks this year?

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