The New York Knicks have entered into a single affiliation partnership with the NBA-Development League's Erie BayHawks starting in the 2011-2012 season. Being the BayHawks' sole affiliation, the Knicks will have control over the team’s basketball operations.
NBDL.com: “In a model similar to other minor leagues, this partnership, also referred to as the 'hybrid affiliation,' allows for NBA teams to secure control over and cover the expenses related to the basketball operations of an NBA D-League team, while partnering with existing ownership, which maintains responsibility for the team’s off-the-court business operations.”
The Knicks and BayHawks are only the third single affiliated partnership in the NBA—the other two being the Houston Rockets and Rio Grande Valley Vipers, and the New Jersey Nets and the Springfield Armor.
The Knicks' assistant general manager, Allan Houston, was appointed GM of the BayHawks.
This partnership leaves the Cavs and Raptors as the only NBA teams without a D-League affiliate. Their new affiliates should be announced in the coming weeks.