NBA eyes Mexico-based G League team

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has revealed that the North American basketball league is considering launching a G League development team in Mexico City.

Silver (pictured) has also detailed plans to launch an NBA academy in the capital of Mexico as part of plans to further raise the league’s profile in Latin America.

Silver revealed the plans ahead of yesterday’s (Thursday’s) regular-season game between the Brooklyn Nets and Oklahoma City Thunder at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City. The Nets will also face off against the Miami Heat at the same venue tomorrow.

Silver said that other Mexican cities could be considered as destinations for a G League team. Mexico City is the league’s preference, though, and a team based in the capital would be operated in collaboration with the NBA office.

Silver said, according to the Associated Press news agency: “We have a preference for coming to Mexico City, because as we look down the road, frankly to see whether there would be an opportunity to even dream about putting an NBA franchise here in Mexico City, we believe it makes sense as a first step to have a development league team here and to work out some of the issues to better understand what it would mean to have a team in Mexico."

The AP said that the NBA Academy Latin America would serve as a training facility for male and female prospects in the region. It will open this winter, becoming the NBA’s seventh training centre.