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Kings take control of basketball ops in Reno

Thursday - 7/11/2013, 5:37pm  ET

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2013, file photo, Brooklyn Nets forward Keith Bogans, right, fouls Milwaukee Bucks forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (12) during an NBA basketball game in New York. The Bucks traded forward Mbah a Moute to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for a 2016 second-round draft pick, a person familiar with the deal said Tuesday, July 9, 2013. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because teams can't confirm moves until the new league year begins Wednesday, also said Milwaukee has the right to swap 2018 second-round picks. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The Sacramento Kings are taking over basketball operations of the NBA Development League's Reno Bighorns under a new shared partnership between the two teams.

Bighorns owner Herb Santos Jr. will remain in control of business operations in Reno as part of the agreement announced Thursday. The move will allow the Kings to groom players and coaches -- and oversee roster moves -- in an affiliation similar to minor league teams in baseball.

The partnership is the seventh of its kind between NBA and D-League teams.

The Kings and Bighorns have been tied together since Reno's inaugural season in 2008-09. Last season, Reno also was affiliated with the Memphis Grizzlies and Utah Jazz. New affiliates for both teams will be announced later this summer.


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