LA Clippers eyeing D-League team for 2017-18 season
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.
If Ontario were to not work out, the backup option for the Clippers would be in Bakersfield, CA. The city was once home to a D-League team (Bakersfield Jam), but the Phoenix Suns purchased the franchise and subsequently moved them to Northern Arizona. Bakersfield was without a D-League team for the 2016-17 season.
The Clippers would be the 26th team to join the D-League fold, and the fourth addition for the 2017-18 season. The Memphis Grizzlies announced plans to own and operate their own franchise in Southaven, MS. The Milwaukee Bucks will own and operate their own franchise in Oshkosh, WI. The Atlanta Hawks will take over operations in Erie, PA with the BayHawks as the Orlando Magic move the franchise to Lakeland, FL. The Minnesota Timberwolves purchased the Iowa Energy and currently have not announced plans to move the team.