March 19, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets president Josh Kroenke (left) and executive vice president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri (right) speak to the media during a press conference held at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
The NBA Development League is said to be expanding up in the Northeast once again this summer, but apparently that won't be the only new move this year. The Denver Nuggets are looking to field a new team of their own in the beautiful Midwest.
Ralston, Neb., city officials are in Denver this week to try and sell themselves on being the best destination for Denver to place a D-League team. It seems a bit out of nowhere, but the Omaha World Herald has more:
Ralston's mayor and other city officials will travel Wednesday to Denver to pitch a plan to bring a development league team affiliated with professional basketball's Nuggets to the city's new arena.
Mayor Don Groesser said discussions to draw the development league team to the Ralston Sports and Event Center had been under way for as many as three months, and Nuggets officials asked the Ralston contingent to offer a presentation on the potential deal's finances.
It is not clear whether the Nuggets are considering other cities for its affiliate.
"I don't know of any," Groesser said.
For those confused, Ralston is actually a suburb of Omaha (not a hot breakfast cereal, as some originally reported).
The Nuggets have had limited forays into the D-League -- Jordan Hamilton and Julyan Stone were assigned for a stint with the Idaho Stampede this year -- but it's obvious they're interested in getting more involved in the future.