The Colorado 14ers have been purchased and are relocating to Frisco. It won’t be until 2010, and the team name is still TBD (my choice: Squares), but it’s happening. More details after the jump.
NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE TEAM COMES TO FRISCO TEXAS
-COLORADO 14ERS TO MOVE OPERATIONS TO FRISCO-
-TEAM TO BEGIN PLAY IN 2010-
FRISCO,Â TXÂ JuneÂ 18, 2009 – Texas D-League Management, LLC, has purchased
theÂ ColoradoÂ 14ersÂ andÂ willÂ relocate the team to Frisco, Texas, it was
announcedÂ todayÂ byÂ NBAÂ Development League President Dan Reed.Â The team
willÂ beginÂ play in Frisco at the Dr. Pepper Arena for the 2010-11 season,
but will not play during 2009-10 in order to transition.
DonnieÂ Nelson,Â DallasÂ MavericksÂ PresidentÂ of Basketball Operations and
GeneralÂ Manager,Â willÂ beÂ theÂ principal owner and operator of the team.
NelsonÂ bringsÂ 23Â years of NBA experience with him to the team in Frisco,
including 11 years in Dallas’ front office, along with coaching stints with
theÂ Mavericks,Â GoldenÂ State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, and Phoenix Suns.
Nelson’sÂ ownershipÂ groupÂ includesÂ EvanÂ Wyly,Â aÂ Dallas native and the
Chairman of Green Mountain Energy, the nation’s leading provider of cleaner
electricityÂ andÂ carbonÂ offset solutions.Â Colorado 14ers owner Tim Wiens
willÂ retainÂ aÂ minorityÂ ownershipÂ stakeÂ in the team.Â Nelson, Wyly and
Frisco Mayor Maher Maso joined Reed at today’s announcement, which was held
atÂ theÂ Mavericks’Â practiceÂ facilityÂ locatedÂ insideÂ American Airlines
“We’reÂ veryÂ excitedÂ to be in Frisco, an area with deep fan support and a
history of successful sports teams,” said Reed.Â “We’re thrilled to welcome
suchÂ aÂ well-respected and experienced group to the NBA D-League ownership
ranks.Â Â NotÂ only are Donnie Nelson’s basketball credentials terrific, but
heÂ hasÂ assembledÂ aÂ groupÂ with impressive business credentials as well.
Donnie’sÂ investmentÂ in an NBA D-League team is a great validation of both
our league’s past success and future growth prospects.”
The Frisco team’s new name, colors and logo, along with the coaching staff,
will be announced at a later date.
“TexasÂ isÂ oneÂ of the hottest basketball markets in the world. We plan to
bringÂ anÂ exciting, high octane brand of basketball that’s both affordable
andÂ fun for the entire family,” said Nelson.Â “Our team will have a chance
toÂ honeÂ theirÂ skills in the newly renovated Dr. Pepper center in Frisco.
TheÂ NBA D-League continues to provide high level competition and excellent
opportunities for both its fans and players.”
WhenÂ theÂ team begins play in 2010, it will be directly affiliated with up
toÂ threeÂ NBAÂ teams,Â whichÂ will be able to assign first and second year
players to the club up to three times during a season.
TheÂ NBAÂ DevelopmentÂ League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor
leagueÂ andÂ featured 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA teams during
theÂ 2008-09 season.Â This Fall, two new NBA D-League teams will begin play
inÂ Portland,Â Maine and Springfield, Mass.– the birthplace of basketball.
Eighty-fourÂ formerÂ NBAÂ DevelopmentÂ LeagueÂ playersÂ were on 2008-09 NBA
end-of-seasonÂ rosters,Â amounting to almost 20 percent of NBA players, and
theÂ leagueÂ continues to develop coaches, referees, and front office staff
forÂ theÂ NBAÂ andÂ its teams.Â In fostering the league’s connection to the
community,Â itsÂ teams,Â playersÂ andÂ staffÂ promoteÂ health and wellness,
supportÂ localÂ needsÂ and interests, and assist in educational development
throughÂ NBAÂ D-LeagueÂ Cares programs.Â The NBA D-League also advances the
gameÂ ofÂ basketballÂ asÂ theÂ researchÂ andÂ developmentÂ armÂ of the NBA.
ThroughoutÂ theÂ seasonÂ fansÂ canÂ watchÂ allÂ NBAÂ D-LeagueÂ games on NBA
Futurecast,Â Â Â theÂ Â Â freeÂ Â liveÂ Â Web-streamingÂ Â initiativeÂ Â foundÂ Â at