Short-handed Nets beat Thunder 100-95 in Mexico City

The NBA is considering putting a G League team in Mexico, a potential way to gauge the feasibility of an NBA franchise there.

The Nets have won three out of their last five games, including their last outing against the Atlanta Hawks, while Oklahoma City looks to finally build a rhythm and get back to the.500 mark with what would be a season-best four straight wins.

Silver confirmed that the National Basketball Association is looking into the cost of the idea, with the Mexico G League team potentially operated as part of a partnership with the league office.

A team in the G League, N.B.A.'s official minor league, which would be owned and operated locally, could begin play as early as next season, according to the people, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the subject publicly.

The plans are not definite yet, but if a G League team is added to Mexico City, it would be the 31st team in the league. The plans have not been finalized to this point, and Silver indicated that the league would be willing to consider other Mexican cities as part of the process. The Nets' games against the Thunder and Miami Heat this week are during the 25th anniversary of the NBA's first games in Mexico. The two most likely expansion locations are Seattle and Mexico City, and a G-League franchise could serve as a test run before adding an National Basketball Association team.

  • Stacy Allen