The Springfield Armor, the New Jersey Nets, and the  NBA  Development  League  announced today that the Nets and Armor have entered  into a single affiliation partnership beginning during the 2011-12 season,  giving the Nets full control over the basketball operations of and making  them the sole affiliate for the Armor.  The Nets are the second NBA team  to enter into a single affiliation with an NBA D-League team, joining the Houston Rockets and the 2009-10 NBA D-League Champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

In a structure similar to other minor leagues, this partnership model, also referred  to  as  the  “hybrid affiliation,” allows for NBA teams to secure control over and cover the expenses related to the basketball operations of an NBA D-League team, while partnering with existing local ownership, which maintains responsibility for the team’s off-the-court business operations.

“The  New  Jersey  Nets’  decision  to  enter  into  a  single  affiliation partnership  with the Springfield Armor is yet another example of NBA teams understanding how integral the NBA D-League can be to their success, and an important  step  in  our continued evolution as a true minor league for the NBA,”  said  NBA  D-League President Dan Reed.  “With twenty percent of NBA players  having  used  the  NBA D-League as a springboard, it’s no surprise that  the  Nets  join  a growing number of NBA teams that have acquired the benefits of a one-to-one relationship with their NBA D-League affiliate.”

“The  Nets  organization  is very pleased to enter into this agreement with the Springfield Armor,” said Nets General Manger Billy King.  “We feel that the  ‘hybrid’  arrangement  will  allow our basketball team to maximize its affiliation  with  the  NBA  D-League  and  allow Springfield to serve as a fertile   training  ground  for  our  players,  coaches  and  front  office personnel, only strengthening our basketball product.”

“The  Springfield  Armor  organization is thrilled to be entering into this single  affiliation  partnership  with  the  New  Jersey  Nets,” said Armor Managing Partner Michael Savit.  “This is the wave of the future in the NBA D-League,  and  we’re  pleased  to  be  getting in on the ground floor as a partner  with  one  of  the  NBA’s  most  exciting teams.  It reflects very positively   on  the  NBA  D-League,  our  organization  and  the  City  of Springfield.”

During  the  2010-11  season,  the  New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers, along with the Nets, will serve as affiliates for the Armor.