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Agua Caliente Band puts name on minor league basketball team

The logo of the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario. Image: NBA

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has signed a sponsorship deal for a new minor league basketball team.

The Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario will begin playing in California in the fall. The NBA Development League team is associated with the Los Angeles Clippers.

"We're very excited about this partnership with the Clippers in the formation of a new basketball team," Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe said in a press release. "Having a sports team named after our people is a great honor that recognizes the relevance of our history and culture as well as our existence today. Naming a team after a Tribe is a first for the NBA and the D-League."

The tribe already has a sponsorship agreement with the Clippers. The tribe's gaming enterprise is the team's "exclusive" casino partner.

The D-League team will play at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in the city of Ontario.

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