Hornets visit Greensboro for D-League meeting

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Representatives from the Charlotte Hornets visited the Piedmont Triad Tuesday to see if Greensboro could become home to a new NBA developmental league team.

The Hornets D-League Site Selection Committee toured the Greensboro Coliseum and met with Greensboro city leaders during their visit.

Greensboro’s proposal includes splitting games between three different venues — two venues at the Greensboro Coliseum and one at the Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem. City officials say that model would give more people access to games around the Triad. It would also prevent scheduling conflicts.

“We didn’t go into this process with any preconceived notions about what the best outcome would be. It is an interesting idea. It’s one we honestly hadn’t considered, but we’re open to looking at different models. We’ll decide as a team and organization which model and city works best for us,” said Hornets President Fred Whitfield.

Whitfield would not go into detail about which cities are still in the running, but he did say Greensboro was their second site visit Tuesday.

The Hornets hope to choose a host city this fall in order to start selling tickets in January. The new team would potentially start playing in October 2016.

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