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NBA G League expands to Mexico City in 2020

The National Basketball Association is continuing its outreach into Mexico by starting an NBA G League team in Mexico City from next season.

Capitanes, which currently competes in Mexico’s Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional, will join the developmental G League in the 2020-21 season as its 29th team. The team will be the first in the league from outside the United States and Canada, and the first without an NBA affiliation.

In an initial five-year deal to play in the league, Capitanes will play its home games at the Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera in Mexico City.

The announcement was made by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim, NBA Mexico Vice President and Managing Director Raul Zarraga and Capitanes co-owners Patricio Garza and Gilberto Hernández shortly before the Dallas Mavericks and Detroit Pistons played the first of two NBA regular-season games happening this week in Mexico City.

Silver said bringing a G League team to Mexico City “is a historic milestone for the NBA which demonstrates our commitment to basketball fans in Mexico and across Latin America.”

“Capitanes will continue to run their club,” Silver added. “I think we very much hope that they will have Mexican players participating in the G League, but at the end of the day they also want to compete in the G League and they want to assemble a world-class team. So I think we want to strike the right balance.”

Elsewhere in the NBA Mexico City Games 2019, the Phoenix Suns will take on the San Antonio Spurs at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City on Saturday. Earlier this week, the NBA announced the opening of the inaugural NBA Store in Mexico.