Portland peaces out; Blazers to end affliation with Stampede
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After two years as the exclusive parent club of the Idaho Stampede, the Portland Trail Blazers have decided: It's time to move on.
Portland will end its single-affiliate partnership with Idaho at the conclusion of this season. According to Bill Ilett, the Managing Investor of the Stampede, the Blazers had been mulling over this decision for about a month.
Ilett explained that the Trail Blazers felt like they weren't getting their monies worth. There have been over 160 Developmental League call-ups this season, but Portland only used Idaho once (to nurse C.J. McCollum back from an ankle injury).
Once the D-League season ends in April, Ilett says his club will start exploring its options.
"We like the hybrid arrangement, so we will be reaching out to see if there are any other NBA teams interested in doing a hybrid. If not, we'll go back to being an independent like we did for 15 years in three different leagues," Ilett explained.
The Trail Blazers front office announced its decision to opt out early in order to five give Idaho time to find a new NBA affiliation.
"The rumor is that there are a number of NBA teams that are either looking to hybrid or go on their own," said Ilett. "I think there's a definite movement in the NBA going that way. There are a number of opportunities... Whether it be this week, this month, or next year."
The Stampede host Santa Cruz Friday night.