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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

The Heat, with stars LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, are currently trying to defend their NBA title against the San Antonio Spurs in this year's finals.

"The Heat is obviously a popular team right now," Heineman told KELO-TV in Sioux Falls. "You see little kids running around with Heat jerseys all the time, LeBron and D-Wade jerseys. We hope that translates into some Skyforce interest. I think it can only help our season ticket base and our fan base."

Five other NBA teams have similar exclusive agreements with D-League teams: the Brooklyn Nets (Springfield Armor), Boston Celtics (Maine Red Claws), Houston Rockets (Rio Grande Valley Vipers), New York Knicks (Erie BayHawks) and Portland Trail Blazers (Idaho Stampede). D-League President Dan Reed said such arrangements help with player, coach and staff development.