The Detroit Pistons announced that they have purchased the NBA G League affiliate of the Phoenix Suns, the Northern Arizona Suns.
The team will be given a new name and will relocate to Detroit, where they will play in a new arena currently under construction at Wayne State University in 2021-2022.
“I’m excited to welcome Tom Gores and the Detroit Pistons as NBA G League owners,” said NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim. “It’s always bittersweet for a team to relocate, and I thank Robert Sarver and the Phoenix Suns for their time in this league and the fans in Northern Arizona for their ongoing commitment to the team. I’m sure the fans in Detroit will welcome the team with open arms and I look forward to watching NBA G League basketball at Wayne State for seasons to come.”
The Pistons current “hybrid” G League affiliation with the Grand Rapids Drive will continue through the 2020-2021 NBA G League season, according to a team release.
The Drive plan to stay in their current location and remain in the G League as an unaffiliated team.
“The Drive stand committed to the city of Grand Rapids and we look forward to our continued future here in West Michigan within the NBA G League,” according to a team statement. “We’ve begun discussions about the future of our affiliation; details of which we hope to have in the coming weeks. Our focus has been, and will continue to be, providing the people of West Michigan with a great professional basketball experience.”