After watching the University of Delaware women’s basketball team make a historic trip to the Sweet 16 last month, basketball fans in the city of Newark may soon be able to watch future NBA stars at the Bob Carpenter Center.
The owners of the Philadelphia 76ers will join state leaders in Newark on Saturday for what’s being dubbed a “major announcement.” CBS Sports’ columnist Ken Berger posted on Twitter that the Sixers have secured a Development League team that will play in Newark. The team is not an expansion franchise, Berger reports, but a D-League team that had been dormant.
The NBA’s Development League currently consists of 16 teams and is the NBA’s official minor league organization. Teams play a regular season of 50 games from November through April. Nearly 30 percent of NBA players have had experience in the D-League.
Delawareans have shown their support for the game of basketball over the past few seasons while Elena Delle Donne led the Blue Hens into the NCAA tournament. Delle Donne was the second player selected in the WNBA draft earlier this month. She’ll start her WNBA career with the Chicago Sky on May 27.