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Adam Silver believes an NBA franchise in Las Vegas is the ‘next best thing’

For NBA commissioner Adam Silver, having an NBA franchise in Las Vegas is the ‘next best thing.’

Since 2004, the NBA Summer League has been held in Las Vegas. It has slowly built and attracted a bunch of NBA fans. The 2019 Summer League is set to begin on July 5 (Friday) up until July 15. It’s been revealed that the first two days of the tourney is already sold out. Per Mark Anderson of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Silver commented on the matter and pointed out that the NBA could expand in Las Vegas.

“While we, of course, don’t have an NBA team in Las Vegas, this seems like the next best thing,” Silver said Thursday. “For roughly two weeks of the calendar in July, enormous attention is on the NBA. I believe we account for roughly 30,000 room nights during that two-week period that we’re there.”

“Everybody is seemingly in town both to enjoy the basketball and to enjoy the city.”

Silver noted, however, that the idea of expansion is not on the top of their list so far. As such, the path for Las Vegas to have a team of its own is through relocation. Though Silver noted, too, that there are no plans among NBA owners to relocate.

“I never didn’t feel well about where they are,” Silver said. “There have been no indications from any of our current franchises that they’re considering relocating”

Be as it may, it’s a fact that the NBA is getting bigger and bigger each year. Who knows, a new NBA team just might pop out in your city.