MINNEAPOLIS -- After losing their longstanding minor league partner, the Timberwolves have turned to another neighboring state to meet whatever NBA D-League needs may arise next season.
Minnesota announced Monday it's entering into a one-year agreement with the Iowa Energy, based in Des Moines. The Sioux Falls (S.D.) Skyforce had been the Timberwolves' D-League affiliate for seven years before entering a one-to-one, hybrid relationship with the Miami Heat last month.
"We are pleased to be establishing a relationship with the Iowa Energy as our D-League affiliate," Timberwolves president Chris Wright said in a release. "Iowa is a first-class organization with great local ownership and a solid fan base. The D-League continues to be a great opportunity for young players to improve their game, benefiting both the players and NBA teams."
Minnesota is one of 16 franchises using a multiple-affiliation D-League team. In seven years with the Skyforce, the Timberwolves called up only two play...