UPDATE: Philadelphia 76ers Announce D-League Team in Delaware

Apr 27, 2013 -- 7:39am

UPDATED 3:10 PM: The D-League is coming to Delaware.

Philadelphia 76ers Managing Owner Josh Harris, CEO Adam Aron and NBA Development League President Dan Reed announced this afternoon at the University of Delaware's Bob Carpenter Center that the 76ers have purchased the operating rights for the D-League's Utah Flash, which suspended operations two years ago. The 76ers will relocate the team to Newark, and the team will be the Delaware 87ers (aka the "Sevens"), named for 1787, when Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. The team will begin play this coming November, the start of the 2013-2014 D-League season, and will play its home games at the Bob.

Harris says owning and operating its own D-League team will strengthen player development and will be a "tremendous asset" to the entire 76ers organization. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons, Governor Jack Markell, and University of Delaware President Patrick Harker all attended the announcement.

ORIGINAL STORY

The Philadelphia 76ers will be making a major announcement this afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware.

Sixers Managing Owner Josh Harris and CEO Adam Aron will be joined by NBA Development League President Dan Reed for the announcement. Governor Jack Markell and Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and University of Delaware President Patrick Harker will also be on hand for the announcement. The event will begin at 2 o’clock this afternoo

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