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Kings Plan to Move G League Franchise to Stockton

SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings announced Monday the organization plans to relocate its NBA G League franchise from Reno to Stockton.

The move would need to be approved by the NBA and the team, the Bighorns, would be renamed. The Bighorns have been in Reno since 2008.

In a news release from the Kings, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs said working with the Kings organization was an honor. Tubbs said the Kings first contacted him a couple months ago about possibly moving their G League team to Stockton.

"When they reached out to me, I was excited," Tubbs told FOX40 Monday evening. "I was on cloud nine."

Tubbs is a Kings fan. But more than that, as mayor of Stockton, he is excited about the Kings as a community partner, helping reinvent the city and investing in underserved communities.

"My office worked closely with them and saw it as a perfect match," Tubbs said.

The move still needs the approval of the NBA and Stockton City Council.

"So all Stocktonians who are excited please call, tweet, Facebook the Kings and welcome them," Tubbs advised. "But also call, tweet and Facebook your councilmembers. Just say that you're supportive and you're excited about what this means for Stockton and our future."

A Kings Community Day is set for May 24 in Stockton.