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Suns move D-League affiliate to Prescott Valley

Phoenix Suns' Archie Goodwin (20) drives next to Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

The Phoenix Suns announced Tuesday they have purchased their D-League affiliate, the Bakersfield Jam, and will move them to Prescott Valley.

The team will change its name to the “Northern Arizona Suns” and play a 24-game home schedule at the Prescott Valley Event Center beginning with the 2016-17 season.

“We are thrilled to bring professional basketball to the Town of Prescott Valley,” said Suns President Jason Rowley. “In addition to the basketball advantages of our D-League affiliate being close to home, today’s announcement creates endless opportunities to strengthen the connection with our fans in northern Arizona.”

Added Prescott Valley Mayor Harvey Skoog: “We’re happy to have an organization the quality of the Phoenix Suns in our community and region. It’s an exciting thing to bring the Suns brand and legacy to Prescott Valley.”

The Jam had served as the Suns’ D-League team the past two seasons, with the NBA team running the basketball operations. The Suns will now also assume business operations for the club.

“Today’s announcement is exciting not only to have the Phoenix Suns join the ranks of NBA D-League owners, but also to welcome Prescott Valley to the NBA D-League family of communities,” said NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner.  “I’m looking forward to watching the Northern Arizona Suns take the court in November.”

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