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Name of Kings’ G League team unveiled after Stockton City Council approves move

The Stockton Kings, the Sacramento Kings' new G-League affiliate, will play at the Stockton Arena after the Stockton City Council unanimously approved a contract April 17 to house the team.
The Stockton Kings, the Sacramento Kings' new G-League affiliate, will play at the Stockton Arena after the Stockton City Council unanimously approved a contract April 17 to house the team. The Modesto Bee file

The Sacramento Kings’ developmental pipeline officially moved west Tuesday night when the Stockton City Council unanimously approved a contract to house the team’s G League affiliate.

The Stockton Kings (formerly the Reno Bighorns) will play their home games at Stockton Arena next season, beginning a three-year commitment to keep the organization’s minor-league team in the Central Valley.

Sacramento announced its intent to relocate the Bighorns to Stockton last Monday, but didn’t offer a new name at the time.

The Kings and city of Stockton signed a lease and letter of intent last week, both of which became public ahead of Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

After the Stockton City Council voted 5-0 to ratify the lease, a team official approached Mayor Michael Tubbs with a letter describing the name change, The Record reported.

The Kings will pay the city of Stockton $225,000 to play 25 regular-season games at the publicly owned arena next season, then $236,250 for the 2019-20 season and $247,500 for 2020-21.

The team will also pay the city $2.50 for every single-game ticket sold and $1 per ticket for group packages. For the Kings’ part, they get all game-day stadium advertising revenue and 15 percent of concession sales in addition to use of the arena for three non-game events per year.

Stockton also committed to upgrading locker rooms and coming up with on-site free parking for players and employees. The Kings are hosting a job fair from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Stockton Arena.

All applicants must be 18 or older and should come dressed in professional attire with several copies of their résumés. Positions advertised include director of ticket sales, digital manager and game operations and community relations manager.

Also on Tuesday, the NBA raised the minimum G League salary from $19,000 to $35,000 for the five-month season.

Benjy Egel: (916) 321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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