Wizards pull D-League team out of hat

Washington-based NBA side acquire right to own and operate development team.

Wizards pull D-League team out of hat

The ownership group of the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Washington Wizards, Monumental Sports and Entertainment (MSE), has acquired the right to operate a team in the NBA D-League.

The NBA's minor league system, currently known as the G League after a sponsorship arrangement with Gatorade, will welcome the MSE-operated franchise from the start of the 2018/19 season.

The announcement makes the Wizards the 27th NBA team to own and operate a G League team. The as-yet unnamed outfit will play their 24 annual home games at the new 4,200-seater arena currently being constructed in Washington's Anacostia district. The venue will also be home to the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) side the Mystics, who are also operated by MSE.

“The NBA G League has been a great resource for us over the years, both for calling up talent and for allowing young players on our roster to gain more on-court experience,” said Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld in a statement. “Having our own team, selecting the front office and coaching staff and being able to implement our system will allow us to further enhance our player and staff development program moving forward.”