Silver says NBA considering G League team in Mexico

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Photo Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and some of his Nets teammates greeting fans in Mexico City on Thursday.

The most obvious precedent for a Mexican G League team is baseball's Mexican League, which is classified as Triple-A under the Minor League Baseball umbrella, though its 16 teams are not affiliated with Major League organizations.

The NBA is plans to put a G-League team in Mexico City as early as next season, Marc Stein of The New York Times reports.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder will be without forwards Paul George and Jerami Grant tonight, when they they face the Brooklyn Nets in Mexico City, according to Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post. He says a Mexico City team would be operated in partnership with the league office. Stein also notes that although commissioner Adam Silver has said the league is not looking to expand or relocate any teams, but he has mentioned Mexico City as "a natural contender" to land a team on multiple occasions. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the first games played in Mexico City.

Silver says a G League team would essentially be a 31st team in the league, with the National Basketball Association hoping to soon have all 30 of its clubs owning and operating their own minor league affiliate.

We don't seem to be imminently close to seeing an MLB or National Basketball Association franchise in Mexico, but given the apparent likelihood of a G League team winding up there, we appear to be headed in that direction.