They may not have a name for the NBA team, but Clay Bennett and company have acquired another basketball franchise.
The Tulsa 66ers of the NBA’s Development League are now property of Bennett and his partners. And as the Clipse might say, they got it for cheap.
From something called the Tulsa World:
Bennett indicated that his group, Professional Baskeball Club LLC, acquired the Tulsa 66ers and team assets for $2.25 million.
“We’re really pleased and thrilled about the opportunity to expand our basketball operations into Tulsa,” Bennett said.
OKC becomes the third NBA team in the last three years to own a D-League team, and according to the press release from the League, nearly 30% of last year’s draft class spent some time in the D-League.
The 66ers, for their part, had two call ups to the NBA from their team last season (Nick Fazekas and Ramon Sessions).
(Update, courtesy of Matt Moore who broke the story yesterday: “Ramon Sessions wasn’t a callup, he was an assignment player, meaning he never left the Milwaukee roster. Nick Fazekas was also an assignment originally, but the Mavs waived him, then the Clippers picked him up when he went back to Tulsa.”)