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NBA commissioner discusses future in Las Vegas

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media in Las Vegas on Tuesday, July 15. (FOX5) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media in Las Vegas on Tuesday, July 15. (FOX5)
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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says the league has no plans to put a franchise in Las Vegas at this time but would like to see the NBA expand its presence in the city.

The commissioner said no teams are on the verge of moving and expansion isn't being discussed.

Silver did meet with MGM and AEG officials on Monday to go over the new arena and said the arena eliminates a major obstacle in getting a franchise.

"It's great to see Vegas on its way back," Silver said. "It's a great destination for us and our teams."

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says the new arena helps, but there are still questions.

"The NBA certainly looks at it," Cuban said. "But the challenge isn't which city. The challenge is should we expand. The biggest issue with Las Vegas is it's such a transient community and people work at night."

Silver has long been a fan of the NBA being active in Las Vegas.

While a team may be only a long-term possibility, the short term may see a post season awards show in town.

"It's something I've talked to the players association and the players about," Silver said. "They seem very excited. They enjoy coming to Las Vegas. I think doing some type of awards show here along with entertainment could be a big event. So I could see adding that to the Las Vegas calendar.

The commissioner also said the competition committee discussed the idea of a mid-season tournament with teams playing for a second title.

"Ii could imagine that if we were to look at some sort of mid-season tournament, I could imagine doing something in Vegas," Silver said. "This would be a terrific neutral site location."

With new TV deals and the Clippers sale looming, an influx of money may allow owners to expand in a few years.

Until then, Las Vegas and the NBA will take baby steps to strengthen their relationship.

Another all-star game down the road is also a possibility.

The NBA Summer League continues daily through next Monday at the Thomas and Mack and Cox Pavilion.

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