LeBron in Vegas? He makes an expansion pitch to Adam Silver

LeBron, who has spoken in the past about eventually owning a team with Las Vegas on his mind, sent a crystal clear message to Commissioner Adam Silver.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — LeBron James came to Las Vegas for a preseason game. And a parking space.

James, who has spoken in the past of wanting to eventually own an NBA franchise — with Las Vegas on his mind — sent a crystal-clear message to Commissioner Adam Silver on Wednesday night, reminding him of his future plans.

“I know Adam is in Abu Dhabi right now I think. But he probably sees every single interview and transcript that comes from NBA players,” James said after the Lakers’ matchup with the Phoenix Suns. “Well, I want the team here, Adam. Thanks.”

Silver is indeed in Abu Dhabi for this week’s preseason games between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks. He’s often spoken of expansion plans in recent years, but there’s also been a firm belief that the NBA won’t add any new teams until the next collective agreement and television deals are in place.

However, Silver has described Las Vegas as “a great sports market.” The NBA already has close ties to Las Vegas and hosts its Summer League there.

“Like I said, this league is going to get bigger and bigger eventually, but right now we’re not discussing that,” Silver said earlier this year. “But one of the factors in the expansion is the potential dilution of talent.”

James said he wants to own a team on his show The Shop: Uninterrupted on HBO Sports in June and revealed his plans to have it in Las Vegas, which has long been mentioned as a possible expansion location.

Fans in Las Vegas gave James a loud ovation on Wednesday night, and he responded by scoring 23 points in 18 minutes. He only appeared in the first half and made 8 of his 11 shots.

He looked like home. And if one day Las Vegas becomes a place of business, James wouldn’t mind.

“It’s the best fan base in the world and I’d love to bring a team here at some point,” said James. “That would be great.”

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