According to a report from the Bismarck Tribune, The Golden State Warriors are looking to move their D-League, the Wizards, from their long-time home in Bismarck,ND all the way out to Santa Cruz, CA, a move W's ownership will spark even more love for their franchise in Northern California.
The Wizards have been in Bismarck for 17 seasons, but according to the report, a $2.5 million proposal the city of Santa Cruz for a new facility will be presented to the city council on Tuesday, April 10. The council will have their vote by early May.
Warriors GM Larry Riley is certainly excited about the move, pointing out just a few advantages of having the Wizards by the Boardwalk:
"It's a situation where players could come back and forth quite easily, and the same way with coaches," Warriors' general manager Larry Riley said. "... They can at least be right in tune with what's going on on a day-to-day basis with the Warriors. It should make the developmental process go quite a bit better."
Golden State purchased the Wizards in June of 2011, becoming only the fourth team in the NBA to actually own their NBADL franchise along with the San Antonio Spurs (Austin Toros), Oklahoma City Thunder (Tulsa 66ers) and the Los Angeles Lakers (L.A. D-Fenders).
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