Anaheim Arsenal relocate to Springfield, MA
The NBA Development League president Dan Reed announced on Tuesday that the Anaheim Arsenal team will be relocated to Springfield, Massachusetts, the home of the Basketball Hall of Fame, next season.
The team will be owned and operated by Michael Savit, who is the managing partner of HWS Basketball, LLC. Savit brings with him a wealth of minor league baseball managing experience, as he currently runs teams in several leagues.
"As the NBA D-League continues to move east, we're very excited to bring a team to a place that not only has a rich basketball history but also boasts an impressive ownership group, civic leadership and community support," Reed said. "We're thrilled to welcome such a well-respected and experienced operator in Mike Savit to our ownership ranks and look forward to not only bringing our unique brand of affordable, family-friendly and NBA-caliber basketball to Springfield, but becoming a vital part of the greater Springfield community."
Springfield will be affiliated with two NBA parent clubs, which are not yet known, and will play at Springfield's MassMutual Center.
"Today is an exciting day for Springfield," Savit said. "I'm thrilled to be a part of the group that brought professional basketball back to the game's birthplace, and I can't wait to contribute to this city's great basketball history and become part of the fabric of the community."
The ownership group will have the opportunity to retain the rights of all the Anaheim players, but they will announce a new name, colors and a mascot at a later date.