The NBA is considering putting a G League team in Mexico, a potential way to gauge the feasibility of an NBA franchise there.
"We do see enormous opportunity in Mexico City and think it could become the franchise for Latin America", Silver said in early October, per Bleacher Report.
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"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 National Basketball Association franchise here in Mexico City", Silver said. He says a Mexico City team would be operated in partnership with the league office.
Just as those games in Mexico might have been considered a trial run for a G League team there, that G League team could test the tenability of an National Basketball Association franchise based south of the border, a stated interest of Silver's.
He adds that the league is also looking to expand the G-League to 30 teams with a G-League team associated with each National Basketball Association team as a direct minor league, but a potential Mexico City team would likely be "owned and operated separate from the National Basketball Association". If the local population takes to a G League team, it's only logical that an National Basketball Association franchise might follow.