Jackson and the Gulfport/Biloxi area are two areas being scouted by the New Orleans Pelicans. Announced in early April, the organization intends to launch its own NBA Development League team for the 2018-2019 season when the league will be known as the NBA Gatorade League (or, the NBA G League). The franchise is looking at 11 different cities across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. The team will be a one-to-one affiliate of the Pelicans.
“Our goal is to establish a Development League team in nearby proximity to our home base of New Orleans,” said owner Tom Benson. “I have been very impressed with the growth and structure of the NBA Developmental League. It is a wise and necessary investment into the future of the Pelicans. The team will provide us with a better platform of developing our younger players and staff. It also will allow us the opportunity to widen the spectrum of fans that come in contact with our organization on a regional basis. In addition, it will provide us with the opportunities to further promote the game of basketball and further our community support to the region. This will be a very significant addition for a city near us as it will add global exposure and bring professional basketball to their town.”