Several markets were considered for G League expansion, yet Mexico City’s established connection with the NBA, as well as its massive population, meant Capitanes had a leg up on the competition. “Honestly, it was a long, difficult process,” Raul Zarraga, managing director for NBA Mexico, told ESPN in January 2020. “This had never been done before, it was all uncharted territory, and negotiations were tough. But [Capitanes] made it happen in the end.”
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Capitanes will only play in the Showcase Cup, a 14-game standalone tournament prior to the regular season, which ends in a single-elimination format during the annual NBA G League Winter Showcase. When the competition wraps up in December, Capitanes will once again face a long layoff — they have no regular-season games scheduled after the Cup — before potentially enjoying their first full season in 2022. By then, the hope is the team will have finished its nomadic journey and begin playing home games in earnest. Mexico City itself should regain a similar frequency of hosting duties of top-tier sporting events. Just two days after Capitanes debuts in the G League, Mexico City will again host Formula One’s Mexican Grand Prix, its first large-scale international sporting event since the start of the pandemic.
The NBA G League, Denver Nuggets and Grand Rapids Drive today announced that the teams have entered into a single affiliation “hybrid” partnership beginning with the 2021-22 season. As hybrid affiliates, the Nuggets will control the Drive’s basketball operations and existing local ownership in Grand Rapids, Mich., led by Steve Jbara and a team of investors, will oversee the franchise’s business operations and community engagement. Grand Rapids, which will announce a new name and identity in the coming weeks, was previously the hybrid affiliate of the Detroit Pistons.
“The NBA G League continues to be an essential destination for player development, and I’m so pleased to welcome the Kroenke family and the Denver Nuggets to the league,” said NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim. “Steve Jbara and his team in Grand Rapids run an outstanding organization and I’m excited for this partnership to take both teams to new heights.”
Michael Singer: Source: The #Nuggets are planning to announce their new G League partnership with Grand Rapids on Tuesday, as first reported by @denverpost. Owner @SteveJbara will announce a new name for the developmental franchise in the coming weeks. The partnership begins next season.
The G League’s newly formed “Select Team” — featuring prep stars Jalen Green and Isaiah Todd — is looking into making its home base at the Mamba Sports Academy, a training facility in Thousand Oaks, California, launched by the late Kobe Bryant, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Sources said the NBA and G League are exploring utilizing the developmental center to be the headquarters for the team, which offers prep stars a new path to the NBA.
Although the partnership with the Mamba Sports Academy is not official with other venues still being considered, the committed prep stars and the those still deliberating joining the G League are of the mindset that they will be training at the academy for the 2020-21 season, sources said. Former NBA head coaches Sam Mitchell and David Fizdale are in the running to be the Select Team’s head coach, sources said.
Emiliano Carchia: Former NBA Coach of the Year Sam Mitchell is the front runner to become the head coach of the new G League team in Southern California that will be headlined by five-star prospect Jalen Green, a source told @sportando
The incoming G League team will test the possibility of establishing a full-time NBA franchise here if the league were to ever expand. “It’s certainly something that we’ve talked about in the past,” Adam Silver said in the press conference. He clarified that the league is not “in expansion mode” right now, and that the G League team would exist on its own merits to first and foremost help further grow basketball in the country. It’s impossible not to think about the possibility, though. “This kind of initiative for us with the G League team always helps all the variables that could be used precisely for this type of analysis,” Raul Zarraga told The Athletic.
“It’s important to understand, in Mexico, that we have a lot of fans of basketball, and we will always be looking for alternatives that will help them enjoy the basketball,” he said. “It’s not all about putting the games on TV. It’s that they need to touch, feel, breathe the basketball. And this is exactly what we are offering them.” Zarraga said there are 20 million NBA fans in Mexico, which could be called a good start for a country that has about 130 million people in total. It’s completely conceivable how this new G League franchise, which is partnering with a local team called Capitanes, could boost the sport and Mexico’s own first league, Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional. The country’s passion for the sport will need to continue before serious talks about putting a franchise here would even make sense.
The NBA G League, the NBA’s official minor league, and Capitanes, a professional basketball team based in Mexico City, today announced that Capitanes will join the NBA G League as its first team from outside the U.S. and Canada. Capitanes becomes the NBA G League’s 29th team and will make its debut for the 2020-21 season. The team will play its NBA G League home games at the Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera in Mexico City.
Capitanes, which was established in 2016, currently competes in Mexico’s Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional. Starting next season, Capitanes will play in the NBA G League for an initial term of five years.
“Bringing an NBA G League team to Mexico City is a historic milestone for the NBA which demonstrates our commitment to basketball fans in Mexico and across Latin America,” said Silver. “As the first G League franchise based outside of the U.S. and Canada, we look forward to welcoming Capitanes to the NBA family.”
Shams Charania: The NBA will launch a G League team in Mexico starting the 2020-21 season. Commissioner Adam Silver is announcing the news in his press conference shortly.
Tim Reynolds: Adam Silver just said that Capitanes _ a Mexico City-based team from the top Mexican pro league _ is the team joining the G League next season. It is a five-year initial commitment.
Brad Townsend: Capitanes will become the 29th G-League team.
Brad Townsend: “This would be a great city for an NBA team,” Rick Carlisle says. Perhaps as a build-up to that possibility, it’s expected that Adam Silver will announce tonight that Mexico City will get a G-League franchise. Makes geographic sense: there are 3 G-League teams in Texas.
Rod Beard: Sounds like Wayne State basketball arena financing will have $3 million in private funding, plus bonds. #Pistons G-League team will have 30-year lease agreement.
Rod Beard: #Pistons Arn Tellem on Drive/expansion team: “We’re in discussions right now and I don’t know. We have a commitment that we can get an expansion team, and it may be an expansion team. We’ll see how our discussions are resolved as we talk with the NBA and the Grand Rapids team.”
Mexico City will have a G-League franchise in no more than two years, confirmed Arnon de Mello, vice president, and general manager of the League in Latin America, in an interview for the NBA portal in Mexico. “We are moving forward, but it is not easy because it will be the first time we will have a team from a great American League outside the United States and Canada. We are working to achieve it, we do not know if it will be for the next season, although that is the goal, “he said.
The New Orleans Pelicans and the NBA G League today announced that the Pelicans have acquired the right to own and operate an NBA G League team that will play in the renovated Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. The team is expected to debut in Birmingham in the 2022-23 season following the renovations. With today’s announcement, the NBA G League expands to a record 28 teams for the 2019-20 season. In an effort to accelerate player development, the team will begin play next season in Erie, Pennsylvania, as the Erie BayHawks, while its permanent home at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) undergoes renovations. The name and identity of the team in Birmingham will be announced at a later date. The Pelicans organization will engage with the Birmingham community to determine an identity that best represents the city and the region.
“I’m so pleased to welcome the New Orleans Pelicans to the NBA G League’s growing family,” said NBA G League President Malcolm Turner. “The Pelicans join the league at an exciting time: We’re on the brink of 30 teams and are coming off our most productive season to date. I look forward to fans in Birmingham enjoying NBA G League basketball for seasons to come.” “This is a tremendous day for the Pelicans organization,” said Pelicans owner Gayle Benson. “I’d like to thank the City of Birmingham, Mayor Woodfin and Tad Snider of the BJCC for being such fantastic partners in the endeavor. These are exciting times for this region, and we feel so fortunate to be a part of it.”
Adam Johnson: The Pelicans G League team will play in Erie for the next 3 years (!) until renovations are complete in Birmingham, AL. That’s very exciting news for the team and I look forward to seeing them join next year.
The event will take place at a neutral site. This is needed as the league has outgrown the facilities most NBAGL cities have in order to host a record-high 27 teams that will tip-off the upcoming season. The league is on course for 30 teams within the next “12–to-18 months” according to NBA G League President Malcolm Turner.
The upcoming NBA G League Expansion Draft is scheduled for August 22, league sources tell 2 Ways & 10 Days. Unlike previous years where multiple teams will partake due to massive expansion, only one team will utilize the expansion draft to build their roster, the Capital City Go-Go, affiliate of the Washington Wizards.
According to multiple league sources, the Trail Blazers have their eyes on setting up G League shop at the Nike World Headquarters just outside Portland in Beaverton, OR. This makes sense as a ready-made location, and also is further exposure to the Nike brand, who now supplies the NBA and the G League with their uniforms.
The New Orleans Pelicans previously announced plans to join the G League fold for the 2018–19 season last May. The team received proposals from 11 cities bidding to call the Pelicans their NBAGL home. That list was eventually reduced to one (Pensacola), after Shreveport’s City Council voted 6–0 against a $150 million dollar project to bring the team to their city. Now, Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps told the media in a radio interview last week that the team is putting their plans on hold.
Here is the complete quote from Demps and his radio interview: “Right now, we’ve put things on pause. We’re trying to, you know, find the right situation, and the right city for the team to play is essential. Currently right now, you know, we use the G League and we’ve been using other teams that have G League teams and right now we just put things on pause until we can find the right home for us. I think it’s us and two other teams that do not have a direct affiliate right now. But it will come in the future, it’s just we haven’t narrowed down the specific spot yet.”
Kumar: Dell Demps says things are on pause regarding the G league affiliate. They are looking for the best situation. Adam Johnson: The team had trouble finding a facility. Looks like they will have to wait until they secure a site.
Tim Bontemps: Adam Silver says the NBA is going to “move quickly” to a 30-team G-League after going to 27 teams next season.
Brian Lewis: #NBA commissioner Adam Silver says the league is very interested in having a G League team in Mexico City.
Scott Agness: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says if they did put a @nbagleague team in Mexico City, as @Marc Stein reported, it would ultimately be the 31st team — and would be operated in partnership with the league office.
The National Basketball Association intends to put an N.B.A. G League franchise here in the Mexican capital, according to three people familiar with the league’s plans. A team in the G League, N.B.A.’s official minor league, which would be owned and operated locally, could begin play as early as next season, according to the people, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the subject publicly.
Establishing a G League franchise on Mexican soil would be the latest serious step by the N.B.A. to gain a foothold in Mexico and gauge the viability of putting an N.B.A. team in the largest market in Latin America. While stressing that his league is not actively pursuing expansion or relocation for any of its 30 current franchises, Commissioner Adam Silver has described Mexico City as a natural contender for an eventual N.B.A. team on numerous occasions this year.
The N.B.A. G League is scheduled to have franchises owned or directly affiliated with 27 N.B.A. teams next season as it continues to work toward its long-stated “30 for 30” goal, which calls for every N.B.A. franchise to have a direct affiliate in the developmental league. The Mexico City franchise is likely to begin operations before the G League reaches 30 N.B.A.-owned franchises, but, according to the people, it would be owned and operated separate from the N.B.A.
Marc Stein: In a story posting now on @NYTSports, league sources say that a @nbagleague franchise in Mexico City will be established as quickly as feasible and could possibly begin play as early as next season
The Wizards announced Friday night that their new G League affiliate — scheduled to debut for the 2018-19 season and play its home games in a new Southeast arena — will be called the Capital City Go-Go, paying homage to one of Washington’s beloved musical traditions.
Leonsis also has grand ambitions for the new team from a basketball standpoint. Some G League affiliates are located further afield from their parent team, but Leonsis said Monumental wanted its team close by, “so we can cross-promote, so the players and the coaches can be going back and forth, and so it looks like it’s an extension of the NBA.”
“I think it is the right time to kind of reimagine the NCAA and its relationship with the NBA,” Leonsis said. “We need to take more control of our platform, if you will, and how we deal with players. . . . I believe that the G League will allow us to have deeper drafts, create more jobs, more opportunity for players, for coaches, for staff,” he said, describing “a re-imagination of how the G league and the NBA work together.”
The Shreveport City Council voted 6-0 on Tuesday against moving forward with the plan to invest $30 million into building an arena that would have served as the home of the New Orleans Pelicans’ G League team. The team won’t begin playing until the 2018-19 season.
Shreveport and Pensacola, Fla., were identified as the two finalists for the Pelicans’ G League team, but Shreveport’s potential addition of a new arena would have likely put it in prime position to land the team. Pensacola would reportedly utilize the 10,000-seat Bay Center for G League games.
Shreveport and Pensacola, Florida, are the two finalists as home for the Pelicans new NBA G League team, according to a release from Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler. The G League is the old NBA Development League or D-League. The Pelicans organization hasn’t made any announcements about its finalists for the team that is slated to begin playing in the 2018-19 season. The other three cities that were in the running were Baton Rouge, Jackson (Mississippi) and Mobile (Alabama).
The Wizards will have their own team in the developmental NBA G League that will be based in Washington and begin playing in the 2018-19 season. The Wizards announced the acquisition of the team Wednesday that will play home games at their new 5,000-seat practice facility in Southeast Washington. It’s the 27th team in the newly renamed league sponsored by Gatorade that was previously known as the NBA D League.
The Miami Heat has purchased a controlling interest in the Skyforce, its NBA Development League franchise. The Heat says its executives will maintain full control of basketball operations while Skyforce owner Mike Heineman and his family will continue to operate the team’s off court business.
The Memphis Grizzlies today unveiled their new NBA Development League affiliate team name and logo, The Memphis Hustle, which will debut this coming 2017-18 season when the league will be renamed the NBA Gatorade League (G League). Led by Head Coach Glynn Cyprien, the Memphis Hustle will practice at the Built Ford Tough Training Facility at FedExForum and play their 24 home games at the 8,400-seat Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi beginning this fall. Memphis Hustle founding partners include The Coca-Cola Company, Tanger Outlets and The Guest House at Graceland.
Inspired by the cultural ethos of Memphis and the Mid-South, the team name, Memphis Hustle, encapsulates the idea of hard work and persistence, a true nod to the Grit and Grind culture of the city, the region and its enthusiastic and loyal fan base. The typeface is a true amalgamation of the rich music history of the region from Ground Zero to the birthplace of soul at Stax, while the newly designed inline combines inspiration from the Grizzlies and Beale Street neon with the flow of the mighty Mississippi River. Ending with the star, paying tribute to the region’s biggest names and looking ahead to the Grizzlies stars of tomorrow.
The Memphis Grizzlies today announced Grizzlies Director of Basketball Operations Chris Makris as General Manager of Memphis’ NBA Development League (NBA D-League) expansion team and named Glynn Cyprien Head Coach of the NBA D-League franchise, which will begin play in the 2017-18 season.
Jon Krawczynski: For those who wanted the Timberwolves to go retro with their new logo, this should resonate. pic.twitter.com/P46SohbjK1
Chris Reichert: Due to now having 26 teams, the NBA G League will create 3 divisions (up from 2) in each conference as well, per a league source #GLeague
Chris Reichert: The Los Angeles Clippers are set to announce their expansion G League affiliate on Monday #NBAGL
Sources told ESPN.com that the Clippers are closing in on an announcement that would establish Agua Caliente Casino Resort — one of the club’s most prominent sponsors at the NBA level — as the title sponsor of the club’s looming D-League affiliate in a unique naming arrangement.
The Clippers’ new affiliate, sources said, is scheduled to join the D-League next season and take the developmental circuit to 26 teams overall, advancing its larger quest to establish one affiliate for all 30 NBA teams as soon as possible.
Chances are good the LA Clippers will start a D-League team in Southern California next season, with the possibility that the latest piece in what has become a massive growth spurt by the minor league will have immediate international implications.
While the Clippers have not finalized a deal, it is known they continue to work toward an expansion franchise for 2017-18, with multiple people close to the situation saying an announcement could come soon, possibly within a couple weeks.
If the franchise does start in 2017-18, the Clippers would push harder to have 2016 second-round pick David Michineau come to the United States to develop in their system rather than spend another season in France. At the very least, the hope is that Michineau will play in summer league in Las Vegas.
The Los Angeles Clippers are preparing to join the NBA Development League for the upcoming 2017-18 season, multiple league sources tell D-League Digest.
Originally, D-League Digest reported the team was expected to join the D-League for the 2018-19 season, but have since fast-tracked plans to have their own club for the next season. The Clippers are looking to set up shop in Ontario, CA according to multiple league sources. The organization has a strong desire to play there, but are currently pending league approval.
The Orlando Magic have named their new NBA Development League affiliate the Lakeland Magic, team officials announced Wednesday afternoon. Swans, Alchemy, Voodoo, Dragons, Illusion, Lakers were proposed nicknames that also received multiple entries in a name-the-team contest, an Orlando Magic spokesman said.
The New Orleans Pelicans have reached out to Gulfport as a potential destination for its new NBA D-League affiliate. That inquiry begs the question: Can minor league basketball work in the Coast’s largest city? There’s no large arena in Gulfport and minor league basketball has yet to succeed in South Mississippi. Gulfport is one of 11 towns on the Pelicans’ preliminary list, joining seven sites in Louisiana — Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, Shreveport and St. Tammany Parish. Mobile, Pensacola and Jackson are the other potential destinations. The Pelicans are also open to hearing from other cities as they enter the early stages of getting a team ready to take the court for the 2018-19 season.
Scott Kushner: Lauscha said #Pelicans have considered adding a DLeague team since Benson purchased the franchise in 2012 but were finally able to do it now
Scott Kushner: Other cities in the region, Lauscha mentioned Jackson, Gulfport/Biloxi, Mobile and Pensacola are potential home for #Pelicans D League.
Scott Kushner: #Pelicans F Cheick Diallo said it’s a great move for NO to gets its own DLeague team. He said playing for 3 teams was difficult this year.
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the organization intends to launch its own NBA Development League team with the intention of beginning play in the 2018-2019 season when the league will be known as the NBA Gatorade League (NBA G League).
The franchise is sending a Request for Proposal (RFP) to 11 different cities and/or communities across Louisiana (seven), Mississippi (two), Alabama (one) and Florida (one). The cities were selected based on our team and NBA research. The team will be owned and operated by New Orleans Pelicans Owner Tom Benson and will be a direct, one-to-one affiliate of the Pelicans.
Fred Katz: Silver reiterates the D-League goal is to move to a 30-team league, one-to-one relationships with each NBA team.
Chris Reichert: With announcement from the Bucks only the Trail Blazers, Nuggets, Pelicans, Clippers & Wizards remain as NBA teams w/o D-League affiliate
The Milwaukee Bucks and the NBA Development League today announced that the Bucks have acquired the right to own and operate an NBA D-League team that will begin play in Oshkosh, Wis., for the 2017-18 season. As part of the deal, Fox Valley Pro Basketball led by Greg Pierce will be constructing a new 3,500-seat arena for the new minor league team. With the purchase, the Bucks become the 20th NBA team to own and operate an NBA D-League affiliate while the NBA D-League grows to a record 25 teams for next season.
The Milwaukee Bucks will own and operate an NBA Development League franchise in Oshkosh, starting in the 2017-’18 season, sources close to the team said Tuesday.
The Bucks have scheduled a 3 p.m. news conference in Oshkosh on Wednesday. A new 3,500-seat arena is being built in Oshkosh and is expected to be ready in time for next season.
Action 2 News has confirmed an announcement on the Milwaukee Bucks’ development league team will be made Wednesday. The Milwaukee Bucks, an investor group and city officials all tell Action 2 News the announcement will be held in Oshkosh.
The Hawks announced that their NBA Development League team will play in Erie, Pennsylvania for two seasons before it is permanently relocated to College Park, Georgia. The Haws will partner with the Erie BayHawks current management team, led by Owen McCormick and Matt Bresee, for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons as the 24th D-League franchise. The team will move to College Park for the 2019-20 season in a new arena.
Members of current Hawks management have a previous relationship with the BayHawks. Wilcox helped create and run the BayHawks while he worked for the Cavaliers. The BayHawks were a multi-affiliated franchise at their start. John Treloar, the Hawks current director of player personnel, served as the coach of the BayHawks for the first two seasons. Wilcox helped run the BayHawks for a third season before the Cavaliers bought the D-League franchise in Canton. Wilcox served as that franchise’s first general manager until he joined the Hawks as assistant general manager in 2012.
Adam Johnson: The Memphis Grizzlies officially announce the purchase of a D-League affiliate which will play in Southaven, MS.
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Adam Spolane: Stephen Silas says John Wall and Rafael Stone spoke. Silas says Wall wants to come back and there will be discussions about that moving forward. Silas said he was made aware of the discussions with Wall this afternoon
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