Wizards to be given new NBA D-League affiliate

Glen Rice, Jr. played in 19 games for the Iowa Energy last season.(Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

The Wizards have a new NBA D-League home: Fort Wayne, Ind.

A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the NBA will assign the Fort Wayne Mad Ants as Washington’s D-League affiliate. The move was necessary because the Memphis Grizzlies and the Iowa Energy — the Wizards’ affiliate the previous three seasons — entered a single-affiliation partnership in May. The Energy — based in Des Moines — served as the minor-league partner for the Wizards, New Orleans Pelicans, Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves last season.

The change isn’t expected to impact the Wizards much this season because of the team’s roster composition. Washington doesn’t have a rookie on the roster after selling their second-round selection, Jordan Clarkson, to the Los Angeles Lakers and the Wizards’ use of Fort Wayne will likely be limited to rehabilitation assignments this season.

Fort Wayne is the only D-League club remaining of the 18 without some form of single-affiliation partnership with an NBA club. The Mad Ants served as the affiliate for the Milwaukee Bucks, Charlotte Hornets, and Indiana Pacers last season. The Wizards are one of 13 remaining NBA franchises without an exclusive D-League partnership.

Jorge Castillo writes about the Washington Wizards.
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Jorge Castillo · August 21, 2014