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Report: Los Angeles Clippers to Launch G-League Team

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The Los Angeles Clippers are expected to launch an NBA Gatorade League (G-League) team in Ontario, CA for 2017-18, according to a report from ESPN. 

Currently lacking an exclusive affiliate in the G-League, the Clippers are expected to move forward with plans to place a team in Ontario. The club, known as Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario, would become the G-League’s 26th team, and the fourth to launch for the upcoming season.

With its proximity to Los Angeles, the Ontario franchise would be the latest example of a G-League team that is based close to the operations of its NBA organization. The Clippers are also expected to take the unique step of introducing a title sponsor, with Agua Caliente Casino Resort signing on for that role. More from

Sources told that the Clippers are closing in on an announcement that would establish Agua Caliente Casino Resort — one of the club’s most prominent sponsors at the NBA level — as the title sponsor of the club’s looming D-League affiliate in a unique naming arrangement.

Ontario, California, is roughly 50 miles away from Los Angeles, which would enable the Clippers to assign and recall players whose D-League rights they hold on an expedited basis.

The Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks, and Memphis Grizzlies are among the NBA organizations that will launch new G-League teams for the upcoming season. Through the 2016-17 season, the G-League was known as the NBA Development League (D-League), but is assuming its new name as the result of a title sponsorship agreement with Gatorade.

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