LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A team affiliated with the NBA’s developmental league is considering a move to Southern Nevada, according to reports.
Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal and Marc J. Spears, an NBA writer for ESPN.com, say the G League’s Ignite, based in Walnut Creek, Calif., is “preparing to relocate” for the 2022-23 season.
Both say the team, which played some games this past season at the Mandalay Bay’s Michelob Ultra Arena, could play in the Dollar Loan Center in Henderson.
The NBA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Ignite this past season had two players with Las Vegas connections, brothers Jaden Hardy and Amauri Hardy.
Jaden Hardy, who turned 20 on Tuesday, was drafted in the second round, No. 37 overall, by the NBA’s Sacramento Kings on June 22. He played at Coronado High School and was a McDonald All-American selection.
Amauri Hardy, 24, played his first three seasons at UNLV and finished at Oregon.
Jaden Hardy is expected to play for Dallas in the NBA’s Summer League that begins play in Las Vegas on Thursday (July 7). Amauri Hardy is expected to play for Cleveland.
The Hardys are Detroit natives.