Idaho Stampede Moved to Salt Lake City, Name Changed
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Idaho Stampede, the NBA D-League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, will move to Salt Lake City for the 2016-17 season and will be renamed the Salt Lake City Stars.
The team will play home games at Salt Lake Community College's 5,000-seat Lifetime Activities Center-Bruin Arena. Bart Sharp will serve as general manager after working with the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, which owns the Jazz, as a marketing executive since 2010. Jazz assistant general manager Justin Zanik oversaw all basketball operations decisions for the Stampede and will do the same for the Stars.
The team says moving the Stampede allows Jazz management, coaches and support staff to have more access to the D-League players and improve player development. The relocation will also make it easier to move players between the two rosters during the season.