The NBA announced today it has made changes in the affiliation system for the 2008-09 NBA D-League season to accommodate the league’s expansion. Under the new affiliation, the Tulsa 66ers are now the minor-league affiliate for the Sonics. The Idaho Stampede in Boise, Idaho had been the Sonics’ affiliate since 2005.
The D-League is adding two new franchises in Erie, Pa. and in Reno, Nev. for the upcoming season, bumping the number of teams in the league to 16.
NBA teams can send first- or second-year players to the D-League up to three times each season. The 66ers were the affiliate of the Hornets during their two-year stay in Oklahoma City.