This article from Hoopsworld makes it sound like things aren't progressing fast enough to send the rookies down this year (consider the source) This may have slid under the radar for many of you, but former Players Union President Michael Curry has found a new job… Vice President of Player Development for the D-League. Several agents joked about the manner in which Collective Bargaining talks went, saying while Michael was a good and genuine leader, you could see he was thinking about life after basketball. It’s amusing that the NBA gained its minor league system in the new labor deal, and Michael Curry who delivered the deal is now has a key role in the system. While NBA teams will have the ability to send down players up to three times per season, within their first two years of a NBA players career. One general manager said the exact mechanism of the D-League process has still not been hammered out, it is unlikely players on rosters now will be sent down this year – but in coming years as the D-League teams are fleshed out and expanded - teams will use it to help young players adjust. An eastern conference GM said, until the NBA announces franchise alignments and coaching staffs, it would impossible to gauge the instructional value of the D-League this year, but the concept is a nice new tool. The NBA’s plan is to expand the D-League to 15 teams, and align two NBA teams to each D-League team, based on proximity. The NBA wants its parent teams to have reasonable access to its development teams. The most obvious match would be the Florida Flame, which plays in Fort Myers Florida, about 4 hours from Orlando, and 2 hours from Miami. The D-League is currently comprised of 8 teams. Lee may end up being right on this one...sure hope they can work it out.