Phoenix Suns buy Bakersfield Jam, relocate to Northern Arizona

Prescott Valley, AZ is joining the ranks of the NBA Developmental League as the Northern Arizona Suns.

On April 12th, the Phoenix Suns became the 15th NBA team to own and operate a D-League team when it acquired the Bakersfield Jam and announced that the team would relocate to play at the Prescott Valley Event Center beginning with the 2016-17 season. Known as the PVEC, the 5,100-seat arena will host a 24-game home schedule for the Suns.

“Today’s announcement is exciting not only to have the Phoenix Suns join the ranks of NBA D-League owners, but also to welcome Prescott Valley to the NBA D-League family of communities,” said NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner.  “I’m looking forward to watching the Northern Arizona Suns take the court in November.”

“We are thrilled to bring professional basketball to the Town of Prescott Valley,” said Suns President Jason Rowley.  “In addition to the basketball advantages of our D-League affiliate being close to home, today’s announcement creates endless opportunities to strengthen the connection with our fans in northern Arizona.”

“We’re happy to have an organization the quality of the Phoenix Suns in our community and region,” said Prescott Valley Mayor Harvey Skoog.  “It’s an exciting thing to bring the Suns’ brand and legacy to Prescott Valley.”

The Suns now take over business operations for the organization, adding to the basketball-side they had already been running. The Jam have been the Suns’ single-affiliate NBA D-League team the past two seasons.

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