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Ants could have 13 affiliates this season

The Mad Ants could have as many as 13 NBA affiliates this season, after spending last season with six.

Currently, the Mad Ants are aligned with the Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Hornets.

While the number 13 seems incredibly high, it doesn't mean the Mad Ants won't be putting the bulk of their roster together. They will likely start the season with about four NBA-contracted players, said coach Conner Henry, who led the Mad Ants to the D-League championship last season.

The Mad Ants don't yet have anyone signed for the upcoming season.

"We really don’t know yet," Henry said. "It could be really a couple weeks before we all start getting together and have some ideas who might return.

"I think our roster will look drastically different. There may be two or three guys who return. Quite honestly, I hope everybody doesn’t return and has jobs. That’s the most important thing for everyone’s career, that they work overseas (for a big salary) or make an NBA roster."

It's possible that two of the Mad Ants' star players, Ron Howard and Tony Mitchell, will be back.