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Heat Extend D-League Partnership With Sioux Falls Skyforce

The Miami Heat announced Monday that they’ve extended their single affiliation partnership with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Developmental League through the 2016-17 season.

The Heat are one of 18 NBA teams to have a one-to-one affiliation with a D-League team, and one of eight teams in a “hybrid” affiliation, which means the NBA team has full control over the D-League team’s basketball operations.

The Heat and Skyforce have been in a hybrid affiliation since the 2013-14 season. Several current players on the roster have had successful stints in Sioux Falls, including Hassan Whiteside and Tyler Johnson. The Skyforce have made the playoffs in both seasons since entering the partnership with the Heat, including a 2014-15 division title.

Miami is currently looking to hire a new head coach for Sioux Falls. The former coach, Phil Webber, left to join Alvin Gentry’s new coaching staff with the New Orleans Pelicans.

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