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Skyforce to be affiliated only with Miami Heat

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 11, 2013 at 8:47 am •  Published: June 11, 2013

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The NBA Development League team in South Dakota is aligning itself solely with the NBA's Miami Heat.

The Sioux Falls Skyforce last season was affiliated with the Heat, the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Orlando Magic and the Philadelphia 76ers. The single-affiliation partnership involving the Skyforce and the defending NBA champion Heat starts with the 2013-14 D-League season.

The Heat will have full control over the Skyforce basketball operations, and Sioux Falls will change its teal-and black colors to Miami's red, yellow, and black color scheme and signature font. Local ownership will retain the primary responsibility for the team's off-the-court business operations. The deal comes as the Skyforce prepare to move into the new $18 million, 3,200-seat Sanford Health Pentagon.

"We have been working with the Skyforce for four years and feel that it is one of the most professional organizations in the NBA Development League," Heat President Pat Riley said in a statement Monday. "It will be a pleasure working with (Skyforce owner and president) Mike Heineman to make this partnership a success for both them and the Miami Heat."

Heineman said in a statement the partnership will "take our franchise to a whole new level."

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