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The Erie BayHawks are an American professional basketball team of the NBA G League and an affiliate of the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association that is announced to begin play in 2019. Based in Erie, Pennsylvania, the team will play their home games at the Erie Insurance Arena. The New Orleans Pelicans plan to relocate their G League franchise to Birmingham, Alabama, to play at a renovated Legacy Arena by 2022.[3][4]

Erie BayHawks
Erie BayHawks logo
LeagueNBA G League
HistoryErie BayHawks
Birmingham G League team
(by 2022–23 season)
ArenaErie Insurance Arena
LocationErie, Pennsylvania
Team colorsRed, gold, black[1][2]
Head coachRyan Pannone
OwnershipNew Orleans Pelicans
Affiliation(s)New Orleans Pelicans


On March 30, 2017, the New Orleans Pelicans announced their intentions to have an owned-and-operated development team by the 2018–19 season located in the Gulf South region.[5] The organization then announced they were looking at 11 different locations: Mobile in Alabama; Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, Shreveport, St. Tammany Parish in Louisiana; Gulfport-Biloxi and Jackson in Mississippi; and Pensacola, Florida.[6] The list was narrowed when the Pelicans' received six proposals their April 25 deadline: Baton Rouge, Jackson, Mobile, Pensacola, Shreveport, and St. Tammany Parish.[7] By August 2017, the only two cities still in contention were Pensacola and Shreveport.[8] On September 12, the city council in Shreveport unanimously voted against building a new arena for the G League.[9] By March 7, 2018, the Pelicans' general manager Dell Demps stated they had put their efforts in creating a G League team on hold after Pensacola was the only remaining candidate from the submissions.[10] The possibility of expansion was further complicated by the death of Pelicans' owner Tom Benson on March 15.[11]

On October 24, 2018, the Pelicans announced plans to place their G League team in Birmingham, Alabama by 2022. The team will play at Legacy Arena located in the Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Complex. As the arena needs to be renovated, the Pelicans' affiliate will begin play during the 2019–20 season as the Erie BayHawks after the Atlanta Hawks' affiliate, also playing as the BayHawks, moves to College Park.[12][13]

Current rosterEdit

Erie BayHawks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F Cheatham, Zylan (TW) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1995–11–17 Arizona State
G Gray, Josh (TW) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1993–09–09 LSU
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (NBA) On assignment from NBA affiliate
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  • (I) Inactive
  •   Injured


NBA affiliatesEdit


  1. ^ Hartman, Billy (May 23, 2008). "BayHawks Name and Logo Unveiling: May 23, 2008". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  2. ^ "Erie BayHawks Reproduction Guideline Sheet". NBA Properties, Inc. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
  3. ^ "New Orleans Pelicans purchase NBA G-League Team to play in renovated Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama". October 24, 2018. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  4. ^ "How Birmingham's aggressive plans for growth landed new G-League team". October 24, 2018. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  5. ^ "New Orleans Pelicans Announce Intent to Launch Owned-And-Operated NBA Development League Franchise in Gulf South Region". March 30, 2017.
  6. ^ "Mobile on preliminary list of sites for Pelicans' NBA D League affiliate". March 31, 2017.
  7. ^ "Pelicans narrow list of D-League team sites". Sun Herald. April 25, 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ "Pensacola, Shreveport still in running for NBA G League team". August 24, 2017.
  9. ^ "Shreveport Denies Arena For Pelicans G League Team; Pensacola Sits As Favorite". SB Nation. September 13, 2017.
  10. ^ "New Orleans Pelicans put G League plans on hold". March 13, 2018.
  11. ^ "Future of New Orleans Pelicans stable, even as team mourns owner Tom Benson's death". National Basketball Association. March 19, 2018.
  12. ^ "New Orleans Pelicans set to announce G-League affiliate in Birmingham". The Times-Picayune. October 23, 2018.
  13. ^ "Pelicans to bring NBA G League team to Birmingham by 2022". October 23, 2018.