Dakota Wizards' season ends; likely last one in BismarckBISMARCK — What is likely the final season for the Dakota Wizards in Bismarck has ended.
BISMARCK — What is likely the final season for the Dakota Wizards in Bismarck has ended.
The Bakersfield Jam beat the Wizards 93-91 Sunday to sweep the first-round series in the NBA Development League playoffs. The Wizards close the season 29-22.
The Wizards are likely to move to Santa Cruz, Calif. City leaders there are to vote early next month on spending $2.5 million on a 3,200-seat arena for the Wizards, a team that was bought last year by the NBA's Golden State Warriors. The Warriors are based in Oakland, about 70 miles north of Santa Cruz.
The Wizards have played in Bismarck for nearly two decades. Veteran point guard Maurice Baker tells The Bismarck Tribune that he thinks Bismarck fans deserve a team, but the pending move is a business decision.