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Updated: July 15th, 2013 3:08pm
Wolves switch D-League affiliation from Sioux Falls to Iowa Energy

Wolves switch D-League affiliation from Sioux Falls to Iowa Energy

From Sioux Falls to Iowa, the Minnesota Timberwolves are switching up their D-League affiliation.

The Wolves announced Monday they have affiliated with the Iowa Energy, having recently had their previous seven-year relationship with the Sioux Falls Skyforce (South Dakota) ended when Miami formed an exclusive affiliation with the team.

President of basketball operations Flip Saunders has noted on multiple occasions a desire to have a D-League affiliate even closer to the Twin Cities. But in the current state of the 17-team league, the Energy, who are based out of Des Moines, are the Wolves' best bet.

The Energy also have relationships with the New Orleans Pelicans, Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls and Denver Nuggets.

Saunders has discussed his desire to better use the Wolves' D-League ties in terms of developing young players. The Wolves did not use the Skyforce often last season apart from serving as a way for Malcolm Lee to serve an injury rehab stint.

Iowa could be a potential destination for second round pick Lorenzo Brown if he does not snag a roster spot this season with the Wolves.

In this story: Malcolm Lee