Orlando Magic brass haven’t decided yet whether rookies such as DeQuan Jones or Kyle O’Quinn will spend any time this season in the NBA Development League.
There’s a complicating factor: The Magic’s D-League affiliate is located in Sioux Falls, S.D.
“We have not made a decision yet,” general manager Rob Hennigan said. “Logistically, with the fact that Sioux Falls’ proximity isn’t exactly right next door, we have to try to get creative with finding pockets of time with their schedule and match it up with ours and figure out how to maximize that.
“But we’re definitely considering it, and we’re definitely looking at that.”
In theory, the D-League is a great idea. It allows youngsters who otherwise wouldn’t receive playing time in the NBA to hone their skills.
In reality, however, there are impediments.
Geography creates a significant hurdle for the Magic with the Sioux Falls Skyforce, who also are affiliated with the Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers.
Over the last two decades, baseball franchises have sought to cluster their minor-league affiliates closer to home.
The Magic would like to be affiliated with a closer D-League team — not that there are many options.
“That’s something that we’re going to explore with the league office at the appropriate time,” Hennigan said. “We’ll definitely take a look at it.”
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