Las Vegas might eventually land an NBA team, but expansion or relocation aren’t in the current plans, commissioner Adam Silver said.
He will be in Las Vegas for the NBA Summer League, which begins Friday at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion. Various league meetings also will take place, including one involving the Board of Governors in which significant decisions are made.
The first two days of the Summer League are sold out.
“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.”
The Summer League has gone in 15 years from just six teams to all 30.
“I think it’s an incredibly well-run event in Las Vegas,” Silver said. “We have tremendous cooperation from the (Las Vegas) Convention and Visitors (Authority). We’ve been at it for a long time, so we’ve become a fixture on the Las Vegas calendar for July, and we know we attract a lot of fans from out of town who make this their regular visit to Las Vegas.
”I think we have found that we’ve met those high expectations from our fans every year, and it’s been a really exciting event for our teams and our fans.”
The Summer League growth has only increased speculation the NBA might place a team in Las Vegas.