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Washington Wizards New D-League Affiliate Is Iowa Energy

The NBA has announced its list of NBA Developmental League affiliates, and the Washington Wizards are now affiliated with the Iowa Energy. They will share the club with the Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Hornets, according to an NBA press release.

The Energy are one of seven teams that is shared among three professional clubs. The others are the Bakersfield Jam, Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Idaho Stampede, Maine Red Claws, Reno Bighorns and Sioux City Skyforce. The Thunder (Tulsa), Mavericks (Texas Legends), Nets (Springfield), Rockets (Rio Grande Valley), Lakers (Los Angeles D-Fenders), Knicks (Erie), Warriors (Dakota), Cavaliers (Canton) and Spurs (Austin) have their own teams.

The Energy won the D-League title last season, finishing with a league-best 37-13 record and topping Rio Grande Valley in a best-of-three championship series. The D-League season will happen regardless of a lockout, though the Wizards obviously can't do much with it in that scenario.

(Thanks to Craig Stouffer of the Washington Examiner on the heads-up about the news).

For more on the announcement and everything you need to know about the NBA Developmental League, Ridiculous Upside is a must-bookmark.

UPDATE: Jon L was first to this and has some observations here.