Jerry Zgoda missed the entire Kevin Garnett era, but he's back covering the Timberwolves after working the beat for their first four seasons two decades ago. In between, he covered a bit of everything: Gopher men's and women's basketball and NCAA athletics, golf, outdoor recreation, sports media and a little Vikings and Twins.

Wolves' new D League affiliate: Iowa Energy

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves management, Wolves news Updated: July 15, 2013 - 2:39 PM

The Wolves are swtiching their D League affiliate from Sioux Falls to the Iowa Energy.

The Wolves haven't used their affiliate much historically -- mostly just for injury rehabs with Jonny Flynn and Malcolm Lee in recent years -- but Flip Saunders said he'd like to use it to develop young players more if possible.

The Wolves switch to a team in Des Moines after Miami developed an exclusive relationship with the Skyforce in South Dakota.

Chicago, New Orleans, Denver and Washington also will use Iowa as its D League team when its first- or second-year players need playing time or if a player is coming back from injury.

In a perfect world, Flip said the Wolves would have their own D League team in Rochester or St. Cloud, for two reasons: It would allow them to pick a coach who runs the same systems as the NBA club and it'd allow players to easily practice with the Wolves in the afternoon and play in the D League at night.

Iowa is the best they can do for now, the closest team in the 17-team D League.

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