Los Angeles Lakers starhas made a direct appeal to NBA commissioner Adam Silver about one day owning an expansion team in Las Vegas.
In a postgame news conference after the Lakers’ loss against the Phoenix Suns at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday, he made his intentions clear at Sin City for the Silver.
“It has the best fan base in the world,” he said. “I would love to have a team here at some point.”
He said, “I know Adam is in Abu Dhabi right now, I believe… but he probably looks at every single interview and transcript he gets from NBA players. So, I want the team here, Adam, thank you.” “
Silver is on a pre-season trip to the United Arab Emirates, where the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks play on Wednesday. The NBA is rumored to be interested in adding two expansion teams in the near future – potentially one in Seattle and another in Las Vegas.
James first publicly expressed his desire to own a team in Las Vegas in June on his YouTube show, “The Shop: Uninterrupted.” 37 year old is aand is already a part owner of two sports franchises, Boston Red Sox and Liverpool FC. But his possible path to becoming an owner is blocked by the current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the NBA and the players’ union as he is still a player.
“During the term of this Agreement, no NBA player may take a direct or indirect interest in any NBA team or any company or entity, whether privately or publicly owned, that is owned by an NBA own any interest in the team; provided, however, that any player may own publicly traded securities, which is less than five percent (5%) of the ownership interests in a company or entity that directly or indirectly owns an NBA team,” the clause reads.
While the clause may be revisited when the CBA expires after the 2023-2024 season, it stands in James’ way until he decides to hang up his jersey. In the past, James has said he wants to play until his oldest son, 18-year-old Bronie James, enters the league in hopes of becoming the first father-son duo to do so in NBA history. .