Adam Silver Comments on Possibility of NBA Adding Team in Europe

January 14th, 2016 by Alec Nathan Leave a reply »

Adam Silver has been a proponent of expanding the NBA's global presence since taking over as commissioner in 2014, but an expansion team isn't likely to form across the pond anytime soon. 

Speaking to reporters prior to Thursday's clash between the Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors in London, Silver pumped the brakes on the NBA pursuing a franchise in Europe, according to Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears: 

Silver also touched on the topic in October when Real Madrid hosted the Boston Celtics for an exhibition contest and said it was "premature" to discuss the possibility of an expansion team cropping up in Europe, according to the Associated Press (via

And while commissioner added expansion is unlikely "in the very near future" he didn't shut the door on the possibility entirely, adding it "could happen one day."

It's also worth noting Silver discussed a potential midseason tournament modeled after European soccer when speaking exclusively with Bleacher Report's Howard Beck in October 2014: 

Thursday's meeting with reporters also prompted Silver to discus ...

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