NBA Rumors: Pelicans Launching G League Affiliate Located in Birmingham, AL

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistOctober 23, 2018

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The New Orleans Pelicans are reportedly set to launch a G League affiliate located in Birmingham, Alabama.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pels' G League team will begin play in Erie, Pennsylvania, next season until renovations are complete on an arena in Birmingham. 

The Pelicans' entry into the league will leave the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers as the only NBA teams without G League affiliates.

Erie has had a G League team called the Bayhawks since 2008, and it has been affiliated with the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors and Atlanta Hawks during that time.

While the Hawks are the current affiliate for Erie, their G League team will move to College Park, Georgia next season.

Despite that, G League fans in Erie will still have an opportunity to attend games next season until Birmingham is ready to welcome the Pelicans' farm team.

The Pelicans' two-way player, Trevon Bluiett, currently plays for the New York Knicks' G League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks.

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