We all know that the Portland Trail Blazers were the youngest team in the NBA last season, and there's a decent chance they'll own that distinction again come the start of the 2008-2009 campaign. That being the case, there's a strong possibility that some of the young talent on the Blazers' roster could be pulling a stint in the D-League next year, and when they do, they'll be enjoying everything that Boise, Idaho has to offer.
It was announced today that the Trail Blazers would again renew their relationship with the Idaho Stampede for the '08-'09 season. The one change being that Portland will share the Idaho affiliate with the Toronto Raptors rather than the Seattle SuperSonics, as was the case last year. The Raptors, by the way, ended up mining the highly useful Jamario Moon from the D-League.
Playing time is going to be at a premium this year with the addition of Greg Oden, a draft pick (or two) and possibly Rudy Fernandez, so a stable working relationship with the D-League is more important than ever. Luckily for the Blazers, Boise is relatively close and Stampede are one of the better teams in the D-League.
By the way, the SuperSonics new affiliate? The Tulsa 66ers. Probably not exactly what Sonics fans in Seattle would like to hear.