NBA Development League Coming Back To North Texas

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,  TX  June  18, 2009 – Texas D-League Management, LLC, has purchased
the  Colorado  14ers  and  will  relocate the team to Frisco, Texas, it was
announced  today  by  NBA  Development League President Dan Reed.  The team
will  begin  play in Frisco at the Dr. Pepper Arena for the 2010-11 season,
but will not play during 2009-10 in order to transition.

Donnie  Nelson,  Dallas  Mavericks  President  of Basketball Operations and
General  Manager,  will  be  the  principal owner and operator of the team.
Nelson  brings  23  years of NBA experience with him to the team in Frisco,
including 11 years in Dallas’ front office, along with coaching stints with
the  Mavericks,  Golden  State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, and Phoenix Suns.
Nelson’s  ownership  group  includes  Evan  Wyly,  a  Dallas native and the
Chairman of Green Mountain Energy, the nation’s leading provider of cleaner
electricity  and  carbon  offset solutions.  Colorado 14ers owner Tim Wiens
will  retain  a  minority  ownership  stake  in the team.  Nelson, Wyly and
Frisco Mayor Maher Maso joined Reed at today’s announcement, which was held
at  the  Mavericks’  practice  facility  located  inside  American Airlines
Center.

“We’re  very  excited  to be in Frisco, an area with deep fan support and a
history of successful sports teams,” said Reed.  “We’re thrilled to welcome
such  a  well-respected and experienced group to the NBA D-League ownership
ranks.   Not  only are Donnie Nelson’s basketball credentials terrific, but
he  has  assembled  a  group  with impressive business credentials as well.
Donnie’s  investment  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.

“Texas  is  one  of the hottest basketball markets in the world. We plan to
bring  an  exciting, high octane brand of basketball that’s both affordable
and  fun for the entire family,” said Nelson.  “Our team will have a chance
to  hone  their  skills in the newly renovated Dr. Pepper center in Frisco.
The  NBA D-League continues to provide high level competition and excellent
opportunities for both its fans and players.”

When  the  team begins play in 2010, it will be directly affiliated with up
to  three  NBA  teams,  which  will be able to assign first and second year
players to the club up to three times during a season.

The  NBA  Development  League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor
league  and  featured 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA teams during
the  2008-09 season.  This Fall, two new NBA D-League teams will begin play
in  Portland,  Maine and Springfield, Mass.– the birthplace of basketball.
Eighty-four  former  NBA  Development  League  players  were on 2008-09 NBA
end-of-season  rosters,  amounting to almost 20 percent of NBA players, and
the  league  continues to develop coaches, referees, and front office staff
for  the  NBA  and  its teams.  In fostering the league’s connection to the
community,  its  teams,  players  and  staff  promote  health and wellness,
support  local  needs  and interests, and assist in educational development
through  NBA  D-League  Cares programs.  The NBA D-League also advances the
game  of  basketball  as  the  research  and  development  arm  of the NBA.
Throughout  the  season  fans  can  watch  all  NBA  D-League  games on NBA
Futurecast,    the    free   live   Web-streaming   initiative   found   at
nba.com/futurecast.

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