“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. 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 last few years.”
The 66ers had been in Tulsa since 2005. The Thunder purchased the franchise in 2008, making it the team’s sole affiliate.
The Los Angeles D-Fenders, D-League affiliate of the Lakers, is the only other NBA Development League franchise to play in the same city as its parent club.
Since 2008, the Thunder has maintained a close relationship with the 66ers, shuttling players to and from Tulsa countless times to assist their development. Current Thunder players Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones, Andre Roberson and Grant Jerrett have all spent time with the 66ers.
The 66ers will train at the Thunder Community Events Center, the original training home of the Thunder.
The move of the 66ers is subject to NBA D-League approval.