The Grizzlies and Magic are new affiliates for the Mad Ants.
Coincidentally, coach Duane Ticknor left the Ants last week to become an assistant coach with the Grizzlies.
An affiliation means any of the six NBA teams can assign younger players (or older rehabbing players) to the Mad Ants to get more playing time and development. The Pacers used the Ants last season with Orlando Johnson and Miles Plumlee. The Bucks assigned Doron Lamb and the Pistons assigned Khris Middleton and Kim English.
The other D-League teams with multiple affiliations are the Bakersfield Jam and Iowa Energy.
“We're excited that nearly half of the NBA has now acquired an exclusive NBA D-League affiliation, which demonstrates how important the NBA D-League has become for player, coach, and staff development," D-League president Dan Reed said in a released statement. "Once again we look forward to providing an effective 'farm system' benefiting all 30 NBA teams, current NBA players at all stages of their careers, and top NBA prospects aspiring to achieve their NBA dreams."