And then there were two.
Shreveport and Pensacola, Florida, are the two finalists as home for the Pelicans new NBA G League team, according to a release from Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler. The G League is the old NBA Development League or D-League.
The Pelicans organization hasn't made any announcements about its finalists for the team that is slated to begin playing in the 2018-19 season. The other three cities that were in the running were Baton Rouge, Jackson (Mississippi) and Mobile (Alabama).
The Shreveport Times reported on Monday details of the city's plans to build a new $100 million downtown facility.
A news release from Tyler stated that the complex, which will have a capacity to seat 3,000 people, could serve as a home for the Pelicans.
Also according to the Shreveport Times, the plan for the complex "was presented to the Pelicans organization 'several weeks ago.'
"City Council approval will be needed prior to utilizing any funds once there is a formal agreement with both the Pelicans and its other private partners," the release stated. "This effort is part of the Mayor's vision to provide a more competitive landscape to the community in order to generate jobs, improve our economy, decrease crime and provide a better quality of life for each citizen."
In April, the Pelicans originally announced the six finalists. That list included the aforementioned five cities as well as St. Tammany Parish. The team didn't give a timetable for when a site will be selected.
Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said in March that having a team in proximity to New Orleans would be a key benefit for having a team.
“To have your own D-League team and be able to run it and basically have them run your same offense is important,” Gentry said. “When I was at Golden State (which operates the Santa Cruz Warriors), I thought that was one of the big advantages we had, because we had coaching and players within proximity of us and we could send someone down and bring them back in the same day. So, to have those guys be able to run down and play and still come back and play with us, I think it’s really important.”
Shreveport is 300 miles away from New Orleans and Pensacola is 200 miles away.