Detroit Pistons minor league team coming to Grand Rapids
The West Michigan Whitecaps are affiliated with the Detroit Tigers.
The Grand Rapids Griffins are affiliated with the Detroit Red Wings.
Now, Grand Rapids is getting a basketball team affiliated with the Detroit Pistons.
An official announcement has yet to come, but the Detroit Free Press reports that Grand Rapids is getting a NBA Development League team.
The Detroit Pistons are getting an NBA Development League affiliate in Grand Rapids, and they won’t have to share it with any other NBA teams, a person with knowledge of the situation said.
The person told the Free Press that the move to get a D-League team in Michigan and be solely affiliated with the Pistons was pushed for by Pistons owner Tom Gores.
The Grand Rapids franchise, which is expected to debut next season, will relocate from Springfield, Mass., where it is nicknamed the Armor. There was no immediate word about what the Grand Rapids team’s nickname will be.
The team will play it’s home games at the Delta Plex.
The Pistons, the NBA, and the Delta Plex are all withholding any comment at this point.
An official announcement is expected April 15.