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Erie PA is expected to be the Cleveland Cavaliers D-League affiliate.
By being named an affiliate, it’s a guarantee that the league will assist D-League teams in finding quality coaches to develop a talent pool that helps fill NBA rosters.Â Erie and Reno, Nev., which both were awarded expansion franchises in the past month, will get their first crop of players out of an expansion draft.Â Widner expects the 14 existing D-League teams each will get to protect seven or eight players from their season-ending roster.
Ron Sertz, president of Erie’s still-unnamed D-League franchise, will be all ears when making the decision on whom to hire as the team’s first coach.
“The hiring of the coach in this organization and for this team will be something that’s done by a consensus,” said Sertz, former director of operations for the Erie Otters. “You always listen to the experts.”
Sertz also said he wasn’t going to hire a coach without talking to Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry or Cavaliers president Len Komoroski.