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NBA D-League Flexible Assignment System

All 22 NBA Development League teams are singly affiliated with an NBA franchise.

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The NBA D-League’s flexible assignment system which was instituted prior to the 2014-15 season will continue to enable the eight independent NBA teams to assign players to the NBA D-League for development or rehabilitation from injury.

Upon receipt of an assignment from an independent NBA team, the NBA D-League will identify any NBA D-League team willing to accept the assigned player. The assigning independent NBA team will then choose the destination for assignment between those teams.  If no NBA D-League team is willing to accept the assigned player, he will be assigned to one of the hybrid affiliate teams pursuant to a lottery. The 19 NBA teams with single affiliations will be able to assign players to their NBA D-League partners.