After a year without having an affiliate in the NBA's Development League, the Clippers announced today that they will be partnering up with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants for the 2014-15 campaign, along with a dozen other NBA counterparts.
Due to the amount of affiliates, the NBA has imposed a flexible assignment system, which may lead players to joining another D-League side instead of the Mad Ants if too many assigned players are on the Mad Ants roster.
After a record breaking year, where 62 total assignments and call-ups were recorded, the NBA has kept the rules steady, in which, players that have three years of experience, or less, can be assigned to the D-League an unlimited amount of times. While, those that have four years plus experience can be assigned only with the consent of the player and the NBA Players Association.
The Clippers will have three players eligible for unlimited assignments in sophomore Reggie Bullock, and rookies Joe Ingles and CJ Wilcox. With the depth at the wings, it shouldn't come as a surprise if Doc Rivers doesn't utilize the option to get those players some time on the court, even if it is at a lower level.
Along with the Clippers, the Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards will share the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
The Mad Ants are the defending D-League Champions as well.