The Pelicans have narrowed their search for a new home for their future NBA G League affiliate to just two cities, according to Shreveport Mayor Ollie Taylor. Shreveport, Louisiana is one of those two cities, along with Pensacola, Florida, as Rod Walker of The Advocate details.
Back in April, we heard that the Pelicans were considering six cities as possible homes for a new G League affiliate, including Shreveport and Pensacola. The other four locales named at that time – which are apparently no longer candidates – were Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Jackson, Mississippi; Mobile, Alabama; and St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana.
According to Lex Talamo of The Shreveport Times, Tyler announced on Monday that she plans on moving forward with a $100MM “mixed-use” complex that would be built in the city of Shreveport. That facility, which would have a seating capacity of about 3,000 people, could potentially house a new Pelicans G League team.
Pensacola is a little closer to New Orleans than Shreveport is, but the difference – approximately 100 miles – likely wouldn’t be a deal-breaker for the Pelicans as they make a decision on where their G League team will play. New Orleans has yet to confirm the latest news on the search for a home for that G League affiliate, but has previously indicated that the G League club is expected to be ready to debut for the 2018/19 season.
The Wizards are also on track to have their own G League squad by the time the ’18/19 season begins, which would leave the Nuggets and Trail Blazers as the only two NBA teams without an affiliate of their own. Here’s the full list of affiliations for the 2017/18 season.