NBA’s Bucks to operate D-League team

The Milwaukee Bucks North American NBA basketball league franchise has acquired ownership rights for a Development League team, which will begin playing in Oshkosh, Wisconsin from the start of the 2017-18 campaign.

The Bucks will become the 20th NBA franchise to operate a D-League franchise, with the league set to expand to 25 teams next season.

As part of the deal, Fox Valley Pro Basketball, led by Greg Pierce, will build a new 3,500-seat arena for the new minor league team near Lake Winnebago, about 85 miles northwest of downtown Milwaukee.

“Our ownership group has been steadfast in its commitment to both build a championship-calibre basketball programme and develop stronger partnerships with fans and communities throughout the state of Wisconsin,” Bucks co-owner Wes Edens said. “We’re thrilled to announce this partnership with the city of Oshkosh, Greg Pierce and his team, and the incredible basketball fans throughout the Fox Valley. This new team will be an invaluable resource for our basketball staff and an incredible vehicle for connecting with Wisconsin’s passionate sports fans.”

Separately, construction on a new arena for the Bucks is expected to be completed ahead of the 2018-19 season.