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Utah Jazz now affiliated with Idaho Stampede

Published: Thursday, July 7 2011 11:02 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — Out with the Utah Flash, in with the Idaho Stampede.

With the future of its nearby D-League team in limbo, the Utah Jazz have picked up a new minor-league affiliation with an old partner up north.

The NBA announced on Thursday that the Jazz will again be affiliated with the Boise-based Stampede, along with the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers.

The Jazz had been affiliated with the Flash, but the Orem team is up for sale and has suspended operations for at least the 2011-12 season.

Utah had a D-League arrangement with Idaho in 2006-07 following a one-season deal with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds in 2005-06.

"We are pleased to once again be affiliated with the Idaho Stampede and look forward to working closely with them during the 2011-12 season," Jazz president Randy Rigby said. "Given our previous affiliation with their organization, Boise's proximity to Utah, and Coach (Randy) Livingston's history with the Jazz, it seems like a natural fit."

Stampede president Steve Brandes believes the feeling is mutual between Utah and Idaho.

"Many Stampede fans are also Utah Jazz fans, dating back from their first days in Utah, to the great years under Jerry Sloan and now as they fight for an NBA championship in a new era," Brandes said in a news release. "We have always viewed the Jazz as one of the most successful organizations in any sport; their ownership, basketball operations and business sides have all been a consistent winner throughout the years. We wish to draw upon their success as we move into our 15th year in minor league basketball."

Livingston played for the Jazz in 2004-05.

"I'm thrilled that the coaches and I will get to work with the Jazz basketball operations office and coaching staff," the former NBA guard said. "I was lucky enough to play for the Utah Jazz in my NBA career and I can say that the Jazz are one of the best, most professional teams in the NBA."

The Jazz have used the D-League for 15 different player assignments, including for C.J. Miles, Kyrylo Fesenko, Morris Almond, Kosta Koufos and Jeremy Evans. Utah has also called up seven different D-League players, most notably Sundiata Gaines and Othyus Jeffers.

Here are the NBA affiliations for the 16 D-League teams for the 2011-12 season: Austin Toros (San Antonio), Bakersfield Jam (L.A. Clippers, Phoenix, Toronto), Canton (Cleveland), Dakota Wizards (Golden State), Erie BayHawks (New York), Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Detroit, Indiana, Milwaukee), Idaho Stampede (Denver, Portland, Utah), Iowa Energy (Chicago, New Orleans, Washington), Los Angeles D-Fenders (L.A. Lakers), Maine Red Claws (Boston, Charlotte, Philadelphia), Reno Bighorns (Atlanta, Memphis, Sacramento), Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Houston), Sioux Falls Skyforce (Miami, Minnesota, Orlando), Springfield Armor (New Jersey), Texas Legends (Dallas) and Tulsa 66ers (Oklahoma City).

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