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Idaho Stampede joins forces with Trail Blazers

Associated Press Published: May 29, 2012

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers and the Idaho Stampede have signed a deal to make the Stampede the sole affiliate of the NBA team.

The Boise-based team is a part of the NBA's D-League, or developmental league. The three-year deal gives the Trail Blazers front office full control of the Stampede's basketball operations starting in the 2012-13 season.

That includes decision-making authority over the coaching staff, scouting department and player rosters.

The Blazers have been partners with the Stampede since 2007, but other NBA teams also have also had a stake, including the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz.

Idaho is the 10th D-League franchise to move to a single affiliation model. D-League teams with a single affiliate were six of the eight playoff teams in the league this season.