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REPORT: Kings to buy controlling interest in D-League’s Reno Bighorns

Feb. 5, 2015 - Sacramento, CA, USA - NBA legend Bill Russell, left, sits with Sacramento Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadive before Kings play host to the Dallas Mavericks at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015
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USA Today’s Sam Amick reported Thursday that the Sacramento Kings are planning to buy a controlling interest in the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League.

Amick notes that the Kings already had control of Reno’s basketball operations, but this move gives them complete control over every aspect of the franchise. The plan is to reportedly move the Bighorns to a location closer to Sacramento after next season. The two cities are separated by about 132 miles.

The Bighorns have served as an affiliate of the Kings since the former’s inception in 2008. Reno was also previously affiliated with the New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies and Utah Jazz. The Kings became Reno’s full-time affiliate ahead of the 2013-2014 campaign.

This becomes the latest in an array of sweeping changes the Kings have made over the last several months, the most important of which is the opening of their new arena, the Golden 1 Center. The franchise also changed their uniforms and logo in anticipation of the move. The arena officially opened in early October for a pair of Paul McCartney concerts and will host its first regular season NBA game on October 27 when Sacramento takes on the San Antonio Spurs.

Guard Garrett Temple is the only player on the Kings’ roster to have played for the Bighorns in the past. A few other noteworthy alumni from around the league include Spurs’ guard Danny Green, Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside and Brooklyn Nets’ guard Jeremy Lin. Reno’s season will get underway on November 13 when they face the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

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