The Sixers have purchased a D-League franchise, and the team will begin play next season in nearby Delaware, a person familiar with move told USA TODAY.

The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly until the news was officially announced.

The Sixers have a news conference scheduled for 2 p.m. today at the Bob Carpenter Center on the University of Delaware's campus in Newark, where the team will play. Philadelphia is 45 miles northeast of Newark.