A new professional basketball team is coming to the Bay Area.
Yes, you read that right.
Back in mid-April, Jalen Green -- the potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft -- announced he was signing with the professional pathway program.
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Since then, several additional elite prospects have signed contracts with the squad. And in June, Oakland native Brian Shaw -- who served as an analyst for Warriors coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area last season -- was named head coach.
The team originally was going to be based in Southern California, but plans changed. And it's unclear at this point how the coronavirus pandemic will impact how it competes against the rest of the NBA G League franchises.
The Warriors currently possess the Minnesota Timberwolves' top-three protected first-round pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. Assuming they don't trade the selection, and assuming NBA executives will be allowed to scout the prospects in person, Golden State general manager Bob Myers and the rest of the front office just might be spending a decent amount of time in Walnut Creek during the winter.
NBA rumors: G League team for elite prospects coming to Walnut Creek originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area