The NBA D-League continues to expand, with the Brooklyn Nets the latest team to get in on the fun. The Nets announced Friday the acquisition of a D-League team that’ll be called the Long Island Nets. The team will begin play in the 2016-17 season.
The D-League Nets will initially play their home games at Barclays Center before moving to the new Nassau Coliseum for the 2017-18 campaign. They’ll be the 12th D-League team fully owned and operated by its parent NBA club.
With the addition of the Nets to the D-League, there will be a record 21 teams in the league next season. The Charlotte Hornets also recently acquired a D-League squad of their own, and the Chicago Bulls are looking into getting their own affiliate.
The ultimate goal, of course, is for every NBA team to have their own D-League affiliate. The way things are going, it looks like that could happen very soon as NBA organizations recognize the value in the venture.