The Nets have looked like a D-League team this season.
Soon, they’ll have an actual D-League team to make them look better by comparison.
After spending two years without an affiliate, the Nets will resume control of one next season, sources said. An official announcement will come Friday.
Nets and Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark let the cat out of the bag Thursday morning at the groundbreaking of the renovation of Nassau Coliseum, saying there would be a “major announcement” about professional basketball coming to the Coliseum in the future.
That would be a new D-League affiliate for the Nets, which will begin play next season at Barclays Center before transitioning to its new home at the renovated Coliseum beginning with the 2017-18 season.
With the Bulls, Hornets and maybe Hawks, this will leave just seven or eight NBA teams without a D-League affiliate. Eventually, that list will shrink to zero. We’re clearly headed to each team having its own affiliate.
The Nets’ location choice is interesting. Perhaps, their trying to carve into the Knicks’ fan base on Long Island.