You can check out today's coverage of the new affiliation alignments in the D-League -- the Mad Ants have 13 teams -- by clicking on this story .
Let’s try and answer some of the questions that will come up about the affiliation announcement today.
As the lone independent team in the D-League, not to mention the reigning champions, the Mad Ants were in demand this season by NBA franchises and potential place to put their prospects.
The reigning D-League champion Mad Ants, presented by Lutheran Health Network, will tip off their eighth season in the NBA Development League at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 when they play host the Sioux Falls Skyforce at the Coliseum.
The Mad Ants will hold an open tryout in Suwanee, Georgia, (outside Atlanta) on Oct. 4. It will be at the Suwanee Sports Academy from 1 to 5 p.m. Players interested should visit www.fortwaynehoops.com and obtain registration and release forms. There will be a $150 fee ($200 after Oct. 2).
The D-League’s Westchester Knicks held an expansion draft, getting the rights to two players from the Mad Ants: forward Luke Harangody and guard Brady Morningstar. Neither played last season for Fort Wayne.
The Mad Ants will hold open tryouts on Sept. 28 in Washington, D.C. for the upcoming NBA Development League season. The open tryout will be one of several tryouts held by the Mad Ants across the country.
While nothing has been formally announced, the Mad Ants are likely to take on affiliations with the Brooklyn Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Everyone knew the Mad Ants roster would look different, even in the wake of the team's first D-League championship.
The Mad Ants will hold an open tryout from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Quest Multisport Complex in Chicago.