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Report: Indiana Pacers Expected to Purchase D-League Franchise

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The Indiana Pacers are reportedly finalizing an agreement to purchase the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the D-League.

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The Indiana Pacers will soon be joining the single D-League-affiliate game according to D-League Digest:

It appears the move has been in the works for some time, but is now moving closer to a conclusion:

Founded in 2007, the Mad Ants served as the affiliate for 13 NBA teams during the 2014-2015 season, including the Pacers.

The Pacers have been reluctant to utilize the D-League as a development-vehicle in the past, preferring to mold young players while on the NBA roster. Miles Plumlee, Solomon Hill, and Shayne Whittington have most recently spent time in Fort Wayne.

This transaction along with the acquisitions of several young players continues a sizable player-development shift for the Blue and Gold.

UPDATE*******

This may take some time to become official:

Amin Elhassan of ESPN speculates the Pacers' purchase of the Mad Ants (and last remaining independent D-League team) will have a ripple effect on the rest of the league:

While also commending the Pacers for the move: