The Nets' D-League picture remains, at best, murky for next year. The owners of the Springfield Armor are selling the club to a Michigan group who's moving the franchise to Grand Rapids where it will become a Pistons affiliate. The NBA only wants to see one expansion team per year in the D-League and the Knicks got that nod. They will open shop in White Plains next season. The number of other D-League teams available are limited and are all at least 500 miles away.
Still, as the Armor players begin packing their bags, there were some bright spots Friday night in Fort Wayne. Adonis Thomas, an intriguing prospect even after being dumped by Orlando following two 10-days, scored 30 points on 14-of-24 shooting including 2-of-2 from deep. Springfield lost again, this time to the Mad Ants, 115-104. They missed Willie Reed, who was called up by the Sacramento Kings. Also scoring big for the Armor: Larry Anderson, a 6'5" shooting guard out of San Diego State who's had an up-and-down season. He finished with 29 and led a late rush that failed. Lorenzo Brown and Khalif Wyatt, two other prospects, combined for 18 points.
The Armor have three games left, all on the road. Any team can invite Armor players to summer league or training camp, but if the Nets don't come up with an affiliate next season, it's likely they will lose players' D-League rights as well as draft picks in the November D-League draft.
Game Info: Armor at Mad Ants - D-League