BOISE-- The Idaho Stampede announced on Tuesday that the team has reached an agreement with the Portland Trail Blazers to enter into a single affiliation partnership beginning with the 2012-2013 season. The Trail Blazers will have control over the Stampede's basketball operations, and will be the sole NBA affiliate of the team.
The agreement allows Portland to secure control over and assume expenses related to the basketball operations of the Stampede, while partnering with the existing ownership of the team, which will maintain off-the-court responsibility of business operations.
“The partnership with Portland is another large step toward the Idaho Stampede becoming more involved with the NBA and one of its premier teams in the Trail Blazers,” said Stampede Managing Investor Bill Ilett. “It will add to the experience on and off the court for our community and basketball fans throughout the Treasure Valley.”
The agreement will also allow the Trail Blazers to assume full control over all coaching and player personnel decisions regarding the Idaho Stampede. This will include the decision of who will be the head coach of the team moving forward. Portland Assistant General Manager Bill Branch said that the organization will conduct a nation-wide search for a head coach. Current Stampede head coach Randy Livingston's contract expires on June 15, and Branch said that Livingston will have an opportunity to coach the Stampede in the future.
"We want to open up a national search for that," Branch said at a press conference on Tuesday. "We recognize Randy's contributions both as a player and as a coach, and we feel that he has earned an opportunity to interview for that job."