NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced Thursday evening that the NBA will launch a G League team in Mexico starting in the 2020-2021 season.
Adam Silver makes it official: Mexico City will have a G-League franchise starting in 2020-21.— Brad Townsend (@townbrad) December 13, 2019
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.”