The Toronto Raptors took a big step as a franchise on Wednesday when MLSE President Tim Leiweke announced the team would have a D-League affiliate in place for the 2015-16 season.
MLSE's Tim Lieweke says D League team "in Toronto area this coming season"
— Doug Smith: Raptors (@SmithRaps) May 27, 2015
According to Leiweke, the team will be based in the GTA, easing travel for players to and from the D-League. No official location or team name has been decided.
Previously, the Raptors had a relationship with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, but shared that franchise with 12 other teams. As a result, there were no guaranteed minutes for a player like Bruno Caboclo, who had multiple stints in Indiana this past season. In under nine minutes of run per game, the first-round draft pick averaged a measly 3.4 points on a horrid 29 per cent shooting.
Aside from the Mad Ants, no other D-League franchise had a partnership with more than one NBA squad.
With its own affiliate, the Raptors can now implement a similar system to what they run with their NBA squad to better prepare the players for what's expected of them once they are called up.
Now if you're craving some Bruno, you can simply head out to Mississauga or Hamilton (pure speculation) and see the Brazilian Kevin Durant in action.
What do you think of the news? Will you be attending D-League games this coming season?