OKLAHOMA CITY – Basketball fans will have another team to cheer for in the coming months.
The Oklahoma City Thunder announced that it is moving its Development League affiliate, the Tulsa 66ers, to Oklahoma City.
The 66ers have played the last two seasons in Bixby but were just notified the SpiritBank Event Center will no longer offer arena space for lease.
The team will move before the start of the D-League regular season, which begins in mid-November and extends through early April.
“We explored several potentially viable options, but were unable to find a facility in the Tulsa area that meets all of our business and basketball needs, so we made the decision to bring the team to Oklahoma City,” Danny Barth, executive vice president and chief administrative officer of the Thunder, said. “We offer our sincere thanks to the communities of Tulsa and Bixby, and to all of the 66ers fans and sponsors in the area for their loyal support over the past few years.”
Thunder officials say they are talking with the City of Oklahoma City to see if the team can play their regular-season home games at the Cox Convention Center.
The move of the 66ers is subject to NBA D-League approval.