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All of which feeds Rigby’s dream scenario.

He is careful with his phrasing, and at this point it’s only a nugget of an idea, tucked away for a time when an opportunity may arise: St. George. The city and its surrounding area is home to more than 100,000 people — a half-day’s drive or a short flight from Salt Lake City — and is a place untapped by professional sports.

At a glance

D-League affiliations

Austin Toros* » San Antonio Spurs

Bakersfield Jam » Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz

Canton Charge* » Cleveland Cavaliers

Delaware 87ers* » Philadelphia 76ers

Erie BayHawks » New York Knicks

Fort Wayne (Ind.) Mad Ants » Charlotte Bobcats, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic

Idaho Stampede » Portland Trail Blazers

Iowa Energy » Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Washington Wizards

Los Angeles D-Fenders* » Los Angeles Lakers

Reno Bighorns » Sacramento Kings

Rio Grande Valley Vipers » Houston Rockets

Santa Cruz Warriors* » Golden State Warriors

Sioux Falls SkyForce » Miami Heat

Springfield Armor » Brooklyn Nets

Texas Legends » Dallas Mavericks

Tulsa 66ers* » Oklahoma City Thunder

*Owned outright by parent organization

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"That would be a market that is four hours away," Rigby said. It "has a very good fan base. We maybe would have an interest in doing something like that."


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