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Greensboro in the mix for Charlotte Hornets D-League operation

by Jeff Sykes

The Charlotte Hornets announced plans to explore relationships with seven cities in North and South Carolina that could possibly host a team-owned NBA D-League operation. Hornets Sports & Entertainment sent a request for proposal (RFP) to seven cities, including Greensboro, Asheville, Fayetteville and Raleigh, North Carolina, and Charleston, Columbia and Greenville, South Carolina, the team announced today.The goal would be to begin D-League operations for the 2016-17 season.Asheville previously hosted a D-League team from 2001-2005, as did Fayetteville, N.C. and Charleston and Greenville, S.C.The possibility of a Hornets-owned D-League team created a buzz online once the announcement was made.”This is a very exciting time for us,” said Hornets Sports & Entertainment President & COO Fred Whitfield. “The decision to take steps toward launching our own D-League club is yet another example of our owner’s long-term commitment to our franchise and continues to show his willingness to invest in the resources needed to improve our basketball team. A D-League team would also allow us to continue to expand the Hornets brand regionally by having a presence in an additional market.”The Hornets franchise is owned by NBA Legend Michael Jordan.

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