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Shreveport among 6 bidding for N.O. Pelicans' D-League team

Updated: Apr. 25, 2017 at 9:46 PM CDT
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(KSLA) - Shreveport is one of a half dozen cities to give the New Orleans Pelicans an affirmative response to the team's request for proposals for the NBA Development League franchise.

A news release posted on NBA.com says the organization made the announcement April 25.

The New Orleans Pelicans sent out the requests March 30.

Also showing interest in the team's quest to launch its own NBA Development League squad are Baton Rouge and St. Tammany Parish in Louisiana; Jackson, Miss.; Mobile, Ala.; and Pensacola, Fla., the news release states.

Shreveport and the other five cities now have until June 7 to submit complete, comprehensive proposals to the Pelicans.

The plan is for the D-League team to begin play in the 2018-19 season.

The league soon will be known as the NBA Gatorade League (NBA G League).

The team will be owned and operated by New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson and will be a direct, one-to-one affiliate of the Pelicans.

The D-League is the NBA's official minor league, which was founded in 2001.

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