The Cavaliers' G-League team, the Canton Charge, is moving cities.
On Wednesday afternoon, the team announced that starting in the 2021-2022 season, the team would play in Cleveland. The move comes because of a decision not to extend an expired lease at the Canton Memorial Civic Center, where the team's been playing since they first moved from New Mexico in 2011-2012. They'll now play at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center in downtown Cleveland.
"We want to thank Mayor Bernabei, the City of Canton and our Charge fans and partners for a decade of excitement at the Civic Center," said Cavs CEO Len Komoroski said in a written statement. "When we acquired the franchise and relocated it here to Northeast Ohio, our goal was to create the best operation and experience in the G-League, both on the court and off. We’ve had success working towards both those goals and that remains our commitment and focus."
"I am, of course, disappointed that the Charge will no longer be playing in Canton. We had open and professional conversations with Charge management about extending their lease and staying," said Canton mayor Thomas Bernabei. "However, their move is stimulated by a desire to be in much closer proximity to the Cavaliers’ core center of operations. We worked hard at keeping them here, but I appreciate their openness in our conversations, respect their decision and sincerely wish them well. We also appreciate their continued commitment and expansion of youth and community programming and support here. We thank them for an exciting run at the Civic Center and will remain Charge and Cavs fans."
According to the press release, "further details on the team name, logos and merchandise information will be announced in the near future." You can read the entire story right here.