The Knicks and other teams have recently taken the step of creating a full affiliation with a developmental league squad. I like it, and I think every team should do it, but I have some tweaks:
1. The team should be in the same general area. For example, the Knicks minor league affiliate could play games at Nassau Coloseum or some other smaller arena (Newark?), and offer cheaper tickets for fans that can't afford to go to the Garden.
2. NBA rosters should get rid of the 'inactive' list and just have 12 guys. The other guys should just go to the 12-15 man roster of the minor league team.
3. Teams should be able to call guys up and send them down at a moment's notice, and when they are both in town they should practice together and be on the same page in terms of playing style.
4. Add a 3rd round of the draft to stock these teams.
I really think that with the team in close proximity, this is a real opportunity to make money. Unlike the Brooklyn Cyclones, a NY area minor league Knicks squad would have a nice selection of familiar players who might actually be called up to the main squad on a moments notice. Imagine paying 10 bucks for a good seat to see Andy, Humpty and Jorts run. I would totally do that. I'd watch it on TV too, if the Knicks were off that night.
This is at least a triple win, maybe quadruple.