The Orlando Magic are slowly moving closer to selecting the new home for their NBA Developmental League team.
After going down from eight potential locations to four, the Magic have reportedly narrowed it down to two places. According to the Orlando Sentinel's Josh Robbins, citing comments from CEO Alex Martins, Kissimmee's Silver Spurs Arena, and The Lakeland Center are the final two locations the Magic are deciding between.
Bringing a D-League team to Florida was the plan for the team all along. After agreeing to a three-year hybrid deal with the Erie BayHawks, their current D-League affiliate, it was clear the Magic were committed to using the NBA's minor league system. However, with the distance between Erie, located in Northern Pennsylvania, and Orlando, it's been tough for the team to utilize the BayHawks as much as they would like.
Having a team in Florida, more specifically within an hour and a half, at the most, of Downtown Orlando, would allow them to use the team to their advantage. Having the team within driving distance would allow them to send younger players down to get some court time, while also giving them the opportunity for a quick return.
With one year remaining on their deal with the BayHawks, the earliest the Magic will have a D-League team in Florida would be for the 2017-18 season.
Disney's Wide World of Sports, and Jacksonville's Veterans Memorial Arena were the other two locations in the final four before being eliminated.