The Wizards have a new D-League affiliate in the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Mad Ants, CSNwashington.com has confirmed through a person with knowledge of the situation at the league office Friday.
The Wizards, along with several other NBA teams, had been sending players to the Iowa Energy since 2011. In his rookie season last year, Glen Rice had two stints there for Washington.
The Energy, however, entered a single affiliation with the Memphis Grizzlies in May. While operated locally, Iowa’s basketball operations will be staffed and run by its NBA big brother. Memphis is the 14th NBA team to enter such a partnership with a D-League team.
Given the makeup of the Wizards with 14 of 15roster spots filled, they likely won’t use Fort Wayne for anything other than injury rehabilitation assignments. Last season, Fort Wayne was the affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets, Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks. An updated list of affiliations based on the off-season shifts is expected to be formally released by the NBA within the next few weeks
The Wizards don’t have any rookies on the roster after trading their second-round draft pick Jordan Clarkson to the L.A. Lakers for almost $2 million. All of the players the Wizards acquired in the offseason are veterans who are expected to contribute. They can't be assigned to the D-League without their consent.
Rice and Otto Porter, also entering his second season, are expected to be part of coach Randy Wittman's rotation.