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Trail Blazers May Become Only NBA Team without a G-League Affiliate

New Orleans is next and Denver is on the runway, leaving the Blazers alone without an associated G-League team.

NBA: Preseason-Portland Trail Blazers at Toronto Raptors Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Pelicans are launching an NBA G-League affiliate in Birmingham, Alabama. The news, reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, removes one of the three remaining holdouts without affiliation.

The Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers still lack G-League representation. But according to Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress, the Nuggets may not be far behind New Orleans.

Wade Baldwin, currently on Portland’s roster, spent much of his early career with the Iowa Energy of the G-League before receiving a two-way contract from the Blazers last season. 2017 draftee Caleb Swanigan also spent time with the Canton Charge last season.