Big news, pretty much exactly what I expected:
The Rainmen have officially left the ABA and will not be going to Quebec for the ABA Play Offs.
In addition, Livingston will be putting together a team of professionals and investors to investigate joining the NBA D-League. More details and my thoughts after the jump:
No word on how close they are to being accepted into the D-League but:
1) I know that Livingston has had close contact with the D-League and various D-League and NBA owners over the last few weeks trying to facilitate a move to North America’s premier minor league.
2) The Raptors publically have made it very clear that they want a team in southern Ontario.
That said, I doubt Livingston would announce this if there wasn’t at least a chance of this going through. The D-League announced a team in Erie, PA earlier this week so it is clear that they’re going to have to put more teams in the East to accomodate the Cleveland affiliated club.
D-League is obviously best case scenerio. Halifax likes to think that we’re a big deal and lots of fans won’t go out to see a game unless they think it’s a premium product. The D-League has the best minor league players, the NBA name and the off chance of having an NBA player sent down for a few weeks. If we could be affiliated with the Raptors or Celtics it would add instant history to the club. I just hope we don’t end up with a New Jersey affiliation… that would be bittersweet and so uncomfortable.
If the team joined the D-League I think we can assume that we would see a totally different team on the court. The only players I can imagine coming back would be Silverhorn, Crookshanks and maybe the Clark brothers. And I am not convinced that any of those guys would definately make the team or get any playing time at all. That said: Maybe we’d get Anderson back!