The Skyforce have had a strong minor league basketball franchise in 24 seasons in Sioux Falls. Now they hope to join the latest trend in the D-League, an NBA hybrid affilation.
"Basically the NBA team would control the basketball side of it. They'd hire the coaches and trainers, pick the players in the draft and they would run their system. We'd still control the business side, but as far at the basketball side, that would be all them." says Skyforce owner Mike Heineman.
Force owner Mike Heineman says there is a real competitive advantage, to the one on one relationship, which is what this franchise is looking for coming off a 25-25 season, and missing out on the playoffs for a third straight season.
"if you look at Tulsa, Rio Grande Valley, and Austin, they benefitted from the one on one relationships. Teams will send their first round and second round picks down for most of the season. That's a competitive advantage, and it's good for the fans to see these lottery picks, it's pretty cool, and it's something we hope we'd get." says Heineman.
The Skyforce hope to have a hybrid deal in place soon since they'll be moving to the currently being constructed Sanford Pentagon next season, that's a great selling point.
"The teams that we've talked to have been really impressed with the Pentagon. And they say that would be a real asset if they do a hybrid with us." says Heineman.