This is a question for Mike Prada or anybody that has the access to Ted Leonsis or other player personnel/player development staffers on the Wizards, but I'm curious as to the status of the Washington Wizards securing their own NBADL team?
I believe Ted had stated previously that they were looking to purchase a D League team to bring closer to the DMV, in order to have a better connection to organization than they currently have with the Iowa Energy (which they share with three other teams).
I see the need for a local NBADL team now more than ever. The D League has finally turned into the developmental league for the NBA that it was initially designed to be, as we've seen a large percentage of 1st rd picks over the last two NBA drafts spend some of their rookie seasons in the league. In addition, while I'm not positive of the exact percentage, I believe over 30% of the players in the NBA have some NBADL experience.
Many teams have now purchased their own NBADL affiliate and located their team much closer to their home city. For example the Cavs team is in Canton, the Celtics team is in Maine, the Spurs team is in Austin, and Thunder's team is in Tulsa, to name a few.
With Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton riding a lot of pine recently, it would be great to have one of those players assigned to the team's NBADL affiliate to get some playing time, but since nothing sounds worse than Iowa in the middle of winter, that type of demotion for a player can really change the relationship dynamic between player, team, and agent.
So is there any progress on the Wizards purchasing their own NBADL team? If so, do they have a target city/location in mind? And finally, what's the time frame of them executing this plan?
Thanks for the help!