It’s been a decade since the NBA shined on Southwest Florida.
But just this week the Orlando Magic organization sent eight proposals to potential new 2017-18 homes within Florida for their NBA Developmental League team, which currently resides in Erie, Pennsylvania.
On the list were Estero’s Germain Arena and Fort Myers’ Lee Civic Center.
While Germain Arena primarily houses the Florida Everblades (hockey) and the Florida Tarpons (arena football), the Lee Civic Center offers year-round concerts, trade shows, and the Southwest Florida & Lee County Fair currently.
Only Germain Arena has fielded a D-League team, though, the Florida Flame for two seasons from 2004-06.
As it stands now, the Magic and BayHawks are in the second year of a three-year agreement that will end following the 2016-17 season, which will open the doors for the return of a Sunshine State reunion.
Also being considered as potential future homes for the Magic’s D-League affiliate are The Lakeland Center (Lakeland); Jacksonville Veteran Memorial Arena (Jacksonville); Ocean Center Arena (Daytona Beach); Silver Spurs Arena (Kissimmee); HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports (Orlando) and the University of Central Florida’s CFE Arena (Orlando).
Southwest Florida may have stiff competition in Central and Northern Florida, but the NBA D-League could be back in one of two arenas near you in 2017-18.
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