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Silver: NBA to launch G League team in Mexico in 2020-2021

Commissioner confirms G League team will head south of the border soon.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks to the press during the 2023 NB All-Star announcement at Vivint Smart Home Arena.  Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced Thursday evening that the NBA will launch a G League team in Mexico starting in the 2020-2021 season.

The team will be located in Mexico City and won’t launch until next season, per Silver. We’ll add more details as they are provided by the commissioner.

The name of the team will be the Capitanes and it will be the 29th team in the G League. It’s also the first NBA affiliated team outside the U.S. and Canada. The team will play its games at Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera in Mexico City. Capitanes was established in 2016 and competes in Mexico’s Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional.

Here’s a quote from Silver from a press release from the NBA:

“Bringing an NBA G League team to Mexico City is a historic milestone for the NBA which demonstrates our commitment to basketball fans in Mexico and across Latin America,” said Silver. “As the first G League franchise based outside of the U.S. and Canada, we look forward to welcoming Capitanes to the NBA family.”