Baton Rouge, St. Tammany Parish and Shreveport are among six communities that could possibly be the home for the upcoming New Orleans Pelicans NBA D-League Team.
Jackson, Mississppi, Mobile, Alabama and Pensacola, Florida also responded to requests for proposals to be the home of the team, which expects to begin play in the 2018-2019 season.
“We are excited to the see the excitement which this process has generated among the six locations,” said Pelicans owner Tom Benson. “All of them have stepped forward with legitimate and sincere interest and are going to make a case via their proposals for why they would like to be the home of our NBA G League team in 2018-2019. The process is underway and we know that this will be a very significant addition for a city/parish near us as it will add global exposure and bring professional basketball to their town.”
The communities now have until June 7 to submit a complete and comprehensive proposal to the Pelicans.
The NBA Development League is the association's minor league, currently featuring 22 teams that are directly affiliated to NBA teams. An additional three teams will join the league for the 2017-2018 season.
The NBA D-League is made up of 50 regular season games plus a postseason and runs from November to April.
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