SALT LAKE CITY — Utah will soon be home to two professional basketball teams.
The Utah Jazz are relocating their D-League team, the Idaho Stampede, from Boise to Salt Lake City for next season, sources confirmed to the Deseret News Sunday night.
The Jazz organization announced Monday morning that the team will be called the Salt Lake City Stars. That, of course, would be a hat tip to the old American Basketball Association franchise, as well as an homage to the old Utah Starzz of the WNBA. The D-League team will play its home games at Salt Lake Community College's Lifetime Activities Center, the Jazz said.
A press conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. MDT Monday to go further in-depth about the news.
The Stampede became the Jazz’s sole D-League affiliate after the NBA organization bought the Idaho team last year to help improve its player, coaching and administrative development.
Moving the D-League team home will allow the Jazz and the Stars to work even more in unison.
The Jazz value the D-League as a spot where inexperienced players, such as German rookie Tibor Pleiss, can learn their system and get valuable playing time under the organization’s umbrella.