April 9, 2018, 8:29 pm
The Sacramento Kings announced Monday afternoon that they intend to relocate the Reno Bighorns to Stockton.
The Kings have been regularly utilizing the G-League over the past few seasons, but the travel to Reno has been an issue on a few occasions. General Manager Vlade Divac pointed out via a press release on the team’s site that while the team has benefited from using the Bighorns, relocating the team will make them even more valuable to the franchise:
“Our NBA G League team has been an incredible asset to help prepare players for NBA action and bringing the team closer to Sacramento will allow us to continue to build on that success and increase efficiency to this valuable development tool,” said Sacramento Kings General Manager Vlade Divac. “Kings fans in Stockton will now have an opportunity to see the next-generation of NBA players each week.”
The Kings will begin playing at the Stockton Arena next season, a 12000-seat arena that will be shared with the current occupant, the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League.
“It is my honor to welcome the Kings organization to Stockton and I look forward to watching NBA G-League action at the Stockton Arena,” said Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs. “The Kings have been known for their tremendous impact in the community and we’re excited to have their support as we continue to reinvent Stockton.”
The Kings will still need league approval to move the team, and they also note in the press release that the Stockton city council will be reviewing and voting on the team’s proposed use of the arena on April 17.