Cavs’ D-League team not coming to Youngstown


The NBA Development League is headed for Canton.

According to a report by Mike Popovich of the Canton Repository, the Cleveland Cavaliers will announce Thursday that a D-League franchise will play at Memorial Civic Center starting next season. A news conference has been scheduled for noon.

The Cavaliers had also talked with Eric Ryan, executive director of the Covelli Centre, about locating the D-League team at the downtown Youngstown facility.

Ryan said in a phone interview late Wednesday night that he had not officially been told the Cavs had decided on Canton.

“They were looking at several different cities,” Ryan said, “and there were a number of factors — scheduling, obviously the building, the market, sponsorship …

“They did their due diligence. We listened, but at the end of the day, it had to be right for the city of Youngstown.”

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