TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The SuperSonics NBA Developmental League
affiliate is moving to Oklahoma -- as the owner of the Seattle
franchise seeks to relocate to Oklahoma City.
The NBA announcement came just days before a federal trial is to
begin on SuperSonics owner Clay Bennett's bid to break the team's
lease in Seattle and move to Oklahoma City.
Starting next season, the SuperSonics will be linked with the
Tulsa 66ers instead of the Idaho Stampede.
Tulsa will also continue to serve as the minor league club for
the Milwaukee Bucks, but no longer will be linked to the New York
Knicks and Dallas Mavericks.
The addition of new NBDL franchises in Reno, Nevada, and Erie,
Pennsylvania, brings the D-League's total number of franchises to
The Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs own their own NBDL franchises, while each of the other 14 D-League teams are tied to
two NBA teams apiece.