“Guy on the Lakers…”: Tyrese Haliburton Speaks His Mind on Vegas While Hinting LeBron James’ Desire

Published 12/07/2023, 9:15 PM EST

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The NBA is in Las Vegas to crown the first-ever winners of the in-season tournament. Tyrese Haliburton and Co. have already punched their ticket to the final. They eliminated the Milwaukee Bucks in a huge upset. They will face the winners of the Lakers vs. Pelicans game on December 9 at T-Mobile Arena. The NBA is slowly starting to leave its footprint in Las Vegas. There have been constant talks about a possible league expansion and a new team in the city.

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Tyrese Haliburton chimed in on the discussion and hinted at LeBron James’ desire to own a franchise in Sin City.

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After putting up a historic performance against Giannis Antetokounmpo and Co. in the semi-final of the in-season tournament, Tyrese Haliburton addressed the possible addition of an NBA team in Las Vegas. “It’s only a matter of time. We all understand that. They got an NFL team, MLB coming, it’s only a matter of the NBA coming. A guy on the Lakers talks about bringing a team to Vegas every other game.” The Pacers star said, hinting at LeBron James’ Vegas dream.

King James has been vocal about his desire to own a team in Las Vegas. He also talked about it ahead of his semi-final game against the New Orleans Pelicans. LeBron has a great understanding of how the sports business works, as he is already a part owner of the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool FC. He knows the potential Las Vegas has as a sports market. Despite several players advocating for a team in Sin City, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver does not have league expansion on his priority list.

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What is stopping Adam Silver from bringing the NBA to Las Vegas?

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver revealed in an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio that currently there is no process in place to bring an NBA team to Las Vegas. Silver has league expansion on his mind, but he can only act on his thoughts when the NBA signs its new media deals. The league is in the second last year of its current national deal with ABC, ESPN, and TNT.

The NBA Commissioner further added that the new media deal will determine the economy for a league expansion. Adding billion-dollar teams to a league like the NBA is very expensive and requires a lot of budget, and it will only be considered if the next media deal is lucrative.

Silver also revealed that Las Vegas and Seattle are at the top of his priority list if he goes through with the expansion.

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