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Ants lose another NBA affiliate

– The Mad Ants had affiliations with six NBA teams this season as they won the D-League championship.

Two of those affiliations will now be with other teams.

The Memphis Grizzlies announced Tuesday they will enter into an exclusive agreement with the Iowa Energy.

Detroit had already announced it will move its affiliation to a new team in Grand Rapids, Michigan, leaving the team with affiliations with Indiana, Milwaukee, Charlotte and Orlando.

“This affiliation will further strengthen our ability to develop potential NBA talent and staff as we continue to build upon our positive culture and winning foundation here in Memphis,” Grizzlies owner Robert Pera said in a release.

The Ants were aligned this season with Indiana, Detroit, Memphis, Milwaukee, Charlotte and Orlando.

The Mad Ants got only five players this season from NBA teams: Solomon Hill, Tony Mitchell, Peyton Siva, Jamaal Franklin and Orlando Johnson.

Siva and Mitchell came from Detroit, and Franklin came from Memphis.

During their undefeated playoff run, the Mad Ants had no NBA-contracted players. The other, Tony Mitchell, spent 10 days with Milwaukee during the regular season.

Notes: The Mad Ants and the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization announced that Cedar Canyon Elementary is the winner of the Get Fit Challenge and will receive $1,000 to be used for fitness, athletic or health education equipment. The challenge consisted of the Mad Ants putting on fitness assemblies at area schools over the past school year and encouraging the students to be active for at least 30 minutes a day for 30 straight days. Students were given an activity log to keep track of their progress, and any student who completed the challenge received a free ticket to an Ants game. There were 27 area schools in the challenge. A check will be presented today at Cedar Canyon Elementary.

jcohn@jg.net

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