The NBA D-League has formally approved the relocation of the Warriors' D-League affiliate from Dakota to Santa Cruz, according to a press release. The move had long been expected, since the Warriors bought the D-League franchise a year ago, but had required league approval before it became official. The former Dakota Wizards will play in Santa Cruz starting in the 2012/13 season.
"We’re excited to bring the NBA D-League brand of basketball to Santa Cruz and Northern California," said NBA D-League president Dan Reed in a statement. "The relocation of the team from Bismarck to Santa Cruz further demonstrates the Golden State Warriors’ commitment to developing top young NBA prospects in the NBA D-League. We thank the fans in Bismarck for their support of the team over the last six NBA D-League seasons."
As our list of D-League affiliates for 2012/13 shows, the Warriors are one of 11 NBA teams that has a one-on-one relationship with a D-League franchise for the coming year.