The NBA Development League and the ownership group of the Utah Jazz agreed in April to move the Idaho Stampede, the team’s D-League affiliate, to Salt Lake City.
The Salt Lake City Stars, whose name pays tribute to the city’s former ABA team, which played from 1970-76, and the WNBA team which played from 1997-2002, will begin play in the 2016-17 season. The new logo is navy and gold to match the parent club.
Salt Lake Community College, located less than 10 miles from downtown Salt Lake City, will host the Stars’ home games. The 5,000-seat arena has previously hosted the Rocky Mountain Revue NBA Summer League.
Malcolm Turner, NBA D-League President told the media,
“The relocation of the Idaho Stampede to Salt Lake City is another exciting example of the increased connectivity between NBA D-League teams and their NBA parent clubs. I want to thank the city of Boise and the fans in the Treasure Valley for their support of the Stampede over the years, and I am excited to watch the Stars shine brightly alongside the Jazz in Salt Lake City.”
Added Steve Starks, president of Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment,
“We are thrilled to bring an NBA D-League team to Salt Lake City and in close proximity to the Utah Jazz. The Salt Lake City Stars will provide further opportunities to promote the game of basketball, extend the reach of the Jazz and engage with our surrounding communities in new ways.”
Bart Sharp, named general manager of the new team in Salt Lake City, has worked in the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies since 2010.
Dennis Lindsey, Jazz general manager, also weighed in,
“The relocation of our NBA D-League team to Utah will further align our efforts in player development and basketball operations to support the Jazz. The close relationship will strengthen our team on the court by providing our younger players a chance to grow in an environment that is consistent with Jazz basketball. Additionally, it serves as a training ground for all aspects of our organization, from coaches to support personnel.”
Jazz assistant GM Justin Zanik will continue his work for the Stars as he did for the Stampede. Zanik joined the organization in 2013 under Lindsey after being involved in all aspects of athlete representation for 15 years.
When the Jazz bought Stampede in March 2015, they became the eighth NBA team at the time with full control over an NBA D-League team.
For more information on the Utah Jazz NBA D-League affiliate, visit www.slcstars.com.
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